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Fall Home Checklist for New Homeowners

With Labor Day behind us and football in full-swing, fall is undoubtedly here.  Summer is the busiest season for moving and many who recently moved find themselves adjusting to new surroundings as the seasons change. Whether you lived in a house before or are a first-time owner, we recommend putting together a fall home checklist to ensure your home is ready for the change of weather.  To help you get started we’ve put together some ideas of tasks that might need be on your checklist.

For aesthetic reasons, as well as the well-being of your belongings, your fall home checklist should always include tidying up and storing your seasonal items.  After a summer of fun outside you undoubtedly have a bit to store. Before the weather gets cold, be sure to:

  • Store hoses, sprinklers and general watering items out of the way
  • Put away garden tools in a safe place where they can’t come tumbling down.
  • Drain gas-based lawn equipment of fuel after one final run at your yard.
  • Put away all rust-susceptible lawn furniture.

It is also important to take a look at your house itself to make sure it is ready for the upcoming winter weather.  Good things to take a look at include:

  • Having a professional come and clean your fireplace and heating ducts before the weather turns cold.
  • Changing out furnace filters, especially if a clear maintenance schedule wasn’t left behind by the former homeowners.
  • Cleaning out and stabilizing gutters around your home and garage.
  • Stocking up on wood for your fireplace.
  • Checking the seals on your doors and windows to better insulate your home during the winter.

Finally, no fall home checklist is complete without preparing for winter! Take advantage of the warm weather that remains and ensure your snow-removal tools are at the ready and you are stocked up on de-icing solutions. Tackling all of the items on your fall home checklist before the extreme cold gets here takes the bite out of these tasks and gives you a little more time indoors where it’s warm.

One last thing: The final item on your fall home checklist should be to host one last barbeque before you put it away. Coming together and celebrating a great year is the perfect way to end the season, and you can put away your favorite cooking items knowing they went to good use one last time.

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