Head-to-Toe Fall Prep For Your Home

An easy to remember list to help you get ready for autumn

Summer has come and gone — funny how every year it seems to go by just that little bit faster.

After Labor Day and before Columbus Day is the time to make sure your home is prepared for cooler temperatures and harsher weather. Just as you might be saying goodbye to your shaggy hair, your shorts and your flip flops and preparing to head back to the office, your home too could stand a head to toe review to make the switch.

Head — now is the time to clear off the roof, clean out and repair the gutters and check your chimney.

Body— while it’s still warm, double check your door and windows for cracks, leaks and warping. Apply weather stripping where it’s needed.  Make an appointment to have your furnace tuned up.

Feet — if you have a pool, following winter-closing procedures such as using PH stabilizers and algaecides can make next spring’s opening much easier. Clear and weather-protect your decks and store furnishings. Check your driveway for cracks or damage that could turn ugly in cold temperatures or in icy conditions.

Accessorize— reorganize your garage to move summer equipment and paraphernalia to the back and your fall tools and supplies up front. Sweep and prepare a spot for firewood; check old wood for rot and insects.

For more tips on getting ready for fall, try these resources:

DoItYourself: Fall To-Do List: Outdoor Maintenance

Popular Mechanics: 5 Steps to Faster Fall Yard Work: This Weekend, Autumn Home Checklist, and 7 Steps to Save Money This Fall by Sealing Leaks and Drafts

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