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As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, now is a great time to get some work done around your home in advance of the winter. I created a fall maintenance checklist for you that includes a lot of different tips for saving energy, as well as increasing your home’s value. Here are some things you should do before the weather gets too cold:
1. Care for your trees and shrubs. Cut off any dead limbs from trees and trim up those shrubs
2. Rake your leaves. You can leave some of them on the grass, but leaving a thick layer of leaves on the ground is a bad idea. When it snows, those leaves will get packed down and kill your grass. You’ll end up having a bunch of bald spots in your yard come spring.
3. Clean gutters and downspouts. Clear those out so that water can move away from your foundation and not cause any further issues.
4. Exterior repairs. If there are any areas where moisture, air, or rodents can get in, get those sealed up now.
5. Get winter supplies. It’s a good idea to stock up now while supply is high. Get your salt, shovels, and gloves now.
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6. Turn off exterior water spouts. Also, don’t forget to detach your hose so that your pipes don’t freeze or burst this winter.
7. Add weatherstripping to your doors and windows. This will help you cut down on utilities as well.
8. Clean your dryer vent out.
9. Deep clean your kitchen.
10. Get an energy audit to find out where you can be saving even more money on your utility costs. We would be happy to help set you up with one if you’d like.
If you have any questions about anything on this checklist or anything else about real estate, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.