FALL FIX-UP CHECKLIST

Check your heating system.
This includes filters, pilot lights and burners. It is wise to have your system serviced by a certified professional, and doing so can save you money later.

Clean vents, heaters and returns.
Clean and vacuum the dust from your vents, baseboard heaters and cold-air returns. Dust builds up in these areas, and is a major cause of indoor pollution. Cleaning these areas is an important task that will help keep your family healthy during the winter months.

Paint interior rooms.
Paint your home’s interior walls while it’s still warm enough to leave the windows open. The same thing goes for shampooing or replacing carpets.

Update your insulation.
Start with weatherstripping and caulking, and then move up to the insulation itself. This is one area that can really save energy, which in turns saves you money.

Protect your home from critters.
Weatherproofing will help keep insects out, while installing grates and securing trash containers will prevent larger critters from getting in the house.

Begin storing tools & equipment.
Don’t forget proper storage techniques. For example - drain hoses, clean your tools and make sure lawn mowers and other gas-powered items are stored safely.

Check your roof.
Being proactive in the fall can prevent potentially catastrophic events form taking place during the winter - the least desirable time to tackle roof repairs.

Clean your gutters.
Removing debris while the weather is still relatively mild will prevent standing water and clogged gutters from causing more serious problems down the road.

Trim your trees.
Winter weather can cause weak trees or branches to break, potentially causing damage to your home, car or utility lines. In many cases it’s a good idea to call a professional tree service.


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