Do you feel the crispness in the air? That is the arrival of fall, which means it’s time to take care of some chores around the house. And, since it’s still relatively nice outside, now is the time to get this stuff done before the temps dive and the snow falls.
Wondering what should be near the top of your fall honey-do list? Here are some of the absolute must-dos:
You want to avoid water freezing in your pipes over the winter. So first disconnect any hoses from faucets. Then, turn the spigot on. Finally, go inside and turn off the water to your outside spigots. This will drain any water that’s left in your pipes, preventing it from freezing.
If you have an in-ground irrigation system, you’ll want to drain it and blow out the compressor. It’s best to hire a professional to do this.
Once all of the leaves fall, clean the gutters. You can either do this yourself, or hire a professional to do it for you. And while someone is up there, check the roof vents for debris or even birds’ nests.
Check the exterior of your home. See any small holes or gaps? Fill the small holes and cover the larger gaps with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep unwanted critters outside.
Take in and store the deck and patio furniture for the winter in your garage or backyard shed.
Rake the leaves.
Replace any screen doors with storm doors. Check your windows and doors for drafts and caulk or add weather strips as needed.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and thermostat.
Call a professional to check out your furnace to ensure it’s running optimally. In addition, change the filter (you should do this monthly, by the way).
Hire a professional to clean the lint from your dryer’s vent.
If you would like a referral for any of the services mentioned above, please let me know. I have a network of professionals I highly recommend, and am happy to provide you with any names and contact information.
And, after you complete your fall home maintenance projects, I hope you get out and enjoy the season.
Some of my favorite places to go this time of year include Minnesota Harvest Orchard in Jordan. You can pick your own apples, enjoy a hayride and get lost in their corn maze.
Finally, when it comes to buying pumpkins, I like to visit some farms in Southern Minnesota that put out large flatbed trailers full of pumpkins and gourds.
As fall settles in, I hope you enjoy the season. What fall activities do you like to do? Let me know in the comments!