Happy September! Soon here the leaves are about to change, the air will feel crisp, and kids are back in school. While you’re doing last minute back to school prep, is your home ready for Fall? Here are a few items to check off to keep your home and life ready!
Clean your deck/patio
This is something that ideally should be done every year, however, it can be a hefty task that can be put on the back burner. Once it starts raining, any gunk and dirt that settled over spring and summer can get extremely slick. Not only will your deck deteriorate quicker, it is a safety hazard. Cleaning and resealing your deck will not only keep your family safe, it will save you money in the long run.
Chimney and furnace inspected
This is something that can be a real life saver in case of emergencies and every day use. If your chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, it is a real safety hazard. On top of it, if there is a power outage on a cold night, if you can’t use your fireplace, you’re going to have to rough it in a freezing house.
Hang heavier window treatments
This isn’t just for aesthetics! Heavier window treatments do a great job of holding in heat. To help save on your energy bill this Fall, install or swap out those airy sheer curtains for something a bit thicker.
Add weather stripping
This can also be a great way to help on costs this fall. Adding or replacing old weather stripping around drafty windows will be a huge lifesaver this Fall.
Set up homework/project station
With school back in session, it’s best to encourage a healthy learning environment! Setting up a desk or table with sight lines to the kitchen or living room will help keep your family close. Plus, this is much better than messy projects being spread across the whole dining table!
Inspect roof and gutters
Before the rain starts coming down regularly, it’s important to get many major debris out of the way. While the leaves haven’t started falling yet, it’s important keep it clear, so cleaning out any leaves within the next few months will be a breeze. If you haven’t already, consider gutter guards, they can save you a lot of effort later!