Fall Check List for Our Homes

Most of the extreme heat of the summer is behind us and it is time to start our fall chores.  The following graphic gives us a good fall check list for our homes.

Autumn chores checklist: 1.Windows and doors: the only good draft in your house this fall is the one that kicks off the fantasy football season! Seal leaky windows and doors with spray foam, caulk or weather stripping. 2. Roof: At least once or twice a year check your roof. 3. Gutters: Preventing gutter overflow is important; just make sure you always practice ladder safety when cleaning out fall leaves. 4. Smoke Detectors: Clocks aren’t the only wall hangings worth adjusting uring day-light savings time. Make sure you check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace their batteries as needed. 5. Energy: When temperatures fall, consider investing in a programmable thermostat to save energy and money while staying warm. 6. Healthy Lawn: Once leaves start falling, keep your soil healthy by mulching them with a mower. One pass every four days should do the trick. Or, be sure to rake leaves. Leaves can kill your grass if left on the ground for a prolonged period of time. 7. Fireplace: The start of fall means fireside stories are just around the corner. Check your chimney and have it swept when 1/8 – inch of sooty buildup is present. 8. Firewood: Dry firewood should be stored at least15 feet from your home. Large amounts of wood shold not be stored in the home due to the risk of termite infestation. 9. Lawn Equipment: Once summer ends, your lawn equipment will probably go into hibernation all winter, so make sure it’ stored properly. Empty unused fuel from lawnmowers to prevent sediment buildup. The above list is on a graphic sent out by Allstate and permitted to be shared on our websites.

Fall chores checklist.

Infographic courtesy of The Allstate Blog.

In addition to the list in the graphic, don’t forget to check your winter supplies like the following:

  • Bottled water
  • Ice melt
  • Non-perishable foods, such as some canned goods
  • Flash lights, candles
  • Batteries
  • Extra prescriptions
  • Shovels
  • Roof rake
  • A good book, crossword puzzles, projects – things to do if your lose power for a couple of days!
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