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Get Your Home Ready For Cooler Temps

Get ready to fall into cooler temperatures with this homeowner’s fall checklist. We have pulled together five ways for you to get your home ready for those cooler months ahead. And yes, there is more to do than pack up those summer clothes.

1.Clean Out Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water to pool on your roof, resulting in leaks, rotten wood, and termites. Poor gutter maintenance can lead to problems with siding, windows, doors and foundations from the effects of water draining on or near your walls.  The best way to do this is to plan an afternoon to knock this out.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ladder (Height based on your roof)
  • Narrow trowel
  • Heavy-duty plastic garbage bag
  • Stiff brush
  • Safety goggles
  • Hose with pressure attachment
  • Heavy-duty work gloves
TIP: The easiest way to clean your gutters yourself is to wait after a light rain or drizzle. The slightly damp leaves and dirt will come up more easily.

2.Winterizing Your Kitchen

The first step to winterizing your kitchen starts with the fridge. Yes, the fridge. The refrigerator gets very dirty over time even if you take the time to clean up drips and spills when they happen. Take the time to remove all shelves, racks, bins, and trays and clean them thoroughly. The second step is to move to the stove, it is important that you wear gloves and scrub everything down thoroughly to ensure it is clean. The last step to winterizing your kitchen is to clean out your dishwasher. For this task, use some baking soda on a wet sponge and wipe down the inner liner. You can clean and freshen at the same time.

TIP: For the harder stains, try using a plastic scrubber.

3.Clean out those chimneys.

The arrival of fall means cooler temps are on the way. This is the time of year that’s perfect for cuddling up in front of a cozy fire. Before this happens it is a good idea to make sure that your chimney is clean and free of buildup, nests or branches, reducing the chance of an accidental fire. Call a chimney sweep or do it yourself, giving that chimney an annual cleanout is a must!

4.Clean and organize the garage.

It’s too often we let junk pile up in the garage. It is important that you take the time to clean out the garage this fall. Invest in some cabinets or shelving to help get everything organized. This will make your life a lot easier and before you know it you will have your car back where it supposed to be!

5.Clear out those germs.

It all starts with your bed sheets. Make sure you wash your sheets at a very hot temperature to ensure you are killing all the germs. Secondly clean the carpets. Make sure you shampoo them and clean out the bag in your vacuum. When you vacuum go over areas multiple times. Last but not least your air filter. After a long hot summer chances are your current air filter has taken a beating.

TIP: Take the time to replace your air filter to ensure you are breathing in filtered air. This can help prevent winter allergies!

The information voiced in this material is for general information and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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