The home checklist that gets you ready for Fall

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And just like that, summer is officially over.

We don’t know about you, but the great news is that we both adore the Fall season. There’s just something about the crisp air and the falling leaves that gets us both giddy! But before we officially dive head first into the new season, we want to make sure that our homes are “de-summered” and prepped for autumn.

If you’re looking for a little guidance when it comes to home maintenance, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a checklist of things you’ll want to do in order to be 100% ready for the Fall months.

Store Outdoor Furniture

outsidefurniturediyIf you don’t want your outdoor furniture ruined, then you’ll want to properly store it before the cold hits. If you have space, move large pieces to storage. If not, be sure to find quality covers so your large items stay looking good until next year.

Remove Dead Flowers and Plants

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Our flowers and plants really blossomed over the summer, but the cool temps at night have done a number on them. Be sure to rip out dying plants and give your flower pots a rinse with the hose before storing.

Add or Replace Weatherstripping

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The cold temps may not be here quite yet, but if you live in a cooler climate (like we do!) then you’ll want to take steps now to keep the cold out of your house. Inspect the weatherstripping around doors and windows and replace, if necessary.

Clean Your Outdoor Garbage Bins

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Not exactly the most fun task, but it certainly is the most fragrant. Clean out your garbage and recycling bins and hose them down using a garden hose. This should be done seasonally, but chances are your busy summer may have delayed this task until now. Put on some gloves and get ‘er done!

Wash Exterior Windows & Screens

windowsdiy Now that you’ll be spending more time indoors, you should make sure your view from inside is crystal clear! Get out the ladder and wash all of your exterior windows so you have a fresh start to fall!

Speaking of windows, you should definitely hose down those window screens. If you had your windows open at all this summer, there may be lots of dust, dirt, and even bugs stuck in the window screens. All it takes is a nice rinse to get those screens clean again!

Change your Furnace Filter

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If you’re anything like us, then your A/C was working overtime on those hot summer days. Be sure to change your furnace filter to keep your unit in tip-top shape. Depending on the filter you use, you should be doing this every 3-6 months.

Tune up your Lawn Mower

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Before you store that lawn mower for the season, give it a tune-up. You’ll definitely thank yourself when you bring it out of storage next year and it’s all ready to go!

Clean out Garage

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During the summertime, the garage often becomes a dumping ground for sporting equipment, sandals and bicycles. Get this hardworking space organized, then give it a good sweep & clean.

Looks like your weekend plans are booked! Before you enjoy the pleasures of the fall season, be sure to check these tasks off your homeowner to-do list.

 

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