As the leaves begin to fall and weather beings to chill, a few quick household chores can help you get your home ready for the autumn and winter seasons ahead. Read on for a quick list of common maintenance tasks to tackle this fall.
Break out the green thumbs.
If you have shrubs or trees on your property, inspect their branches and prune them to avoid falling limbs as winter storms and heavy rains become more likely. You can also hire an arborist or landscaping professional to prune any trees and shrubs for you.
Clear out the rain gutters.
As leaves and pine needles fall, they can clog your rain gutters, leading to poor water drainage and potential damage to your roof or siding during heavy rainstorms. Just make sure to be safe!
Rake up and dispose of leaves.
While a blanket of vibrantly colored leaves can really make it feel like fall, letting them sit through the winter can inhibit spring grass growth. To make leaf pick-up easier (and a little bit more green), select a lightweight rake and biodegradable trash bags.
Seal up leaks and cracks.
Caulking cracks in windows and doors can help to prevent leaks as the rains return. By repairing cracks in your driveway, you may also help to prolong the life of the surface as winter weather arrives.
There are several tasks and chores you can do throughout the year to keep your home in top condition – and doing so ahead of time may save you time, effort, and cash in the long run.
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