Well, Fall is officially here, and many people are looking forward to the leaves starting to change colors. For those of you with gardens or farms, we know you will be busy harvesting your crops this month and we hope that your crops are bountiful.

If you were not able to complete all of the items on September’s checklist, we suggest getting them done as early as possible. Many exterior products like caulking and paint require anywhere from 24 to 72 hours of temperatures above 50 degrees to cure properly. As always, please stay safe; if you feel uncomfortable, do not understand how to complete a task, etc… please call in a professional.

With a bit of determination and proper time management skills, these projects are easy enough to spread out over the month:

  • Plant new trees and lay sod (good deals this time of year)
  • Trim branches and shrubs
  • Winterize perrenials, clean annuals out
  • Turn off sprinklers and disconnect water hoses (before first freeze)
  • Do a thorough cleaning of your patio furniture, barbecue grill, etc… and store them properly for next season.
  • Roof and gutters - clear off and check for damage
  • Splash blocks - clean
  • HVAC - vacuum & dust
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens) baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Hot water heater - drain and remove sediment

Fall is an in-between season where you’re finishing up your summer home maintenance tasks as well as getting your home ready for winter. Cold, snow, and rain can do a number to a home, so you don’t want to ignore winter preparation.

Be sure to check in next month for more tips on how to keep your home in great shape.