Getting Ready for Fall

There’s just something about fall – the falling leaves, the crisp air, the cozy atmosphere. Whether you’re excited for the return of football season or grabbing hold of pumpkin spice anything, the fall season has something for everyone, including your home.

Autumn calls for transitioning your home from summer to winter both inside and out. Here are some maintenance tips we recommend for homeowners this fall.

1. Rake Dead Leaves

Multi-colored fall leaves are a beautiful sight, but leaving them unattended stunts your lawn’s growth in the spring. Be sure to rake leaves regularly. This will keep your lawn looking plush once spring and summer roll back around.

2. Clean Out Gutters

Leaves might look pretty decorating your yard, but there’s no argument for leaves clogging your gutters. Protect your roof from any damage or flooding from rain by ensuring your gutters are clear of fallen leaves and other debris.

3. Up Your Efficiency

Find and seal leaky gaps in or around fireplaces, doors and windows. Cover drafty windows with heavy-duty plastic. Set your thermostat lower during the day and allow sunlight to warm your home through open curtains. The sunshine will leave your home feeling bright and clean. And another plus: All of these small adjustments will save you money on utility bills!

4. Remove A/C Window Units

Removing this summer necessity will help you keep warm air in and save money on your electricity bill this fall and winter. If moving window units feels like too much of a hassle, research heavy-duty unit covers. This will allow you to still save money and energy efficiency without the added effort of removing and storing your unit.

5. Clean Dryer Vents

Clogged dryer vents cause about 17,000 house fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Annually cleaning your dryer vent is recommended to prevent damage and maintain an efficient dryer. Research DIY options or hire a professional to make sure your dryer will run smoothly throughout fall and winter.

6. Check Heating Systems

Heating systems are said to be a lot like vehicles: regular maintenance can prevent major issues down the road. Scheduling inspections and tune-ups each fall can help save you from major expenses in the winter. What the inspection entails depends on the type of system in your home and how well it’s been maintained in its lifetime.

7. Seal Out Pests

With colder weather outside, pests will soon be seeking shelter inside. Make rounds in your home to ensure any holes and cracks are sealed or blocked. Not only will this help keep pests out of your home, this will also prevent any cool air from sneaking in.

These small tips will make a big impact on your home’s efficiency, comfort and overall wellbeing this fall and into the winter. Undertaking these tasks will allow you to enjoy your home without the added stress of damage or extra expenses during the coziest season of the year.

Marilyn Boudreaux

Lake Charles Realtor

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