Here in Florida we don’t get much of a ‘Fall’ season, most of the time it feels like the only season we do get is Summer. But for most places the Autumn season brings change, preservation, and comfort. I don’t know about you but Fall is my absolute favorite season. For me, Fall makes me feel snug as a bug in a rug. Apple picking, hot cider, bonfires, flannels are just a few of my most loved things around this time of year. But taking care of your home during this time is extremely important. Here are a few tips to get your home ready for the cooler temperatures!
Rake leaves (into a big pile to jump in)
We are all kids at heart, right? If you are someone who is blessed with trees on your property, when the leaves start falling you might think of it as a curse. Keeping your yard clear of leaves throughout winter, with help from suppressing spring growth. Get a lightweight rake, gloves, and a held hand leaf scooper for quick bagging and the job will be done in no time.
Clear gutters and downspouts
Along with raking those leaves up from the ground, don’t forget, not all of them make it to the ground. Congested gutters will during rain or snow can cause major damage to your home. For those who may be uneasy about getting up on a ladder, hiring a helper may be a good idea.
Finish exterior repairs
Before those critters start looking for shelter, repair any roofing, siding, or foundation issues around your home. The last thing you need in the winter is an uninvited guest.
Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses
Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.