Doing your “home”-work projects now will allow you to spend more time with your family and less time fixing, cleaning and repairing things this fall.
Get outside for some yard work
After a summer full of outdoor fun, it’s time to tidy the yard before winter comes. Clean and safely place any outdoor furniture in storage. Once the furniture is put away, give your deck or patio a good power washing. Bring your indoor plants back inside and prune your trees and shrubs to encourage healthy growth. You should also remove any leaves or debris from your gutters to avoid clogs or other drainage issues.
Inspect the driveway
While you’re outside, check your driveway and patch any cracks or potholes that may have resulted from the summer heat. You may also want to consider resealing your driveway in the fall to keep it smooth and even all year long. Sealing your driveway will also protect it from any winter snow or ice damage.
Organize your garage
Fall is an ideal time to clean the garage and clear out any unwanted items your family has collected over the summer. Invest in a good storage system that will keep you organized, and clear pathways around vehicles and doors. Move your rake or leaf blower to the front of the garage and consider placing holiday or winter items in an accessible spot for the coming season.
Install a remote thermostat
With the kids back in school, your home may now be unoccupied for a large portion of the day. Lowering your thermostat while the family’s away can provide substantial cost savings. A programmable thermostat will allow you to create custom temperature settings for the hours you are home and away. Some models, like the AccuLink(TM) Remote Thermostat from American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning, allow you to set and control your home’s temperature remotely using most Web-enabled cellphones and computers.
Check and seal your windows
Proper insulation will not only keep your family comfortable, but it may also help to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home. Air drafts are often easy to spot. First, make sure your windows are tightly shut. Then, feel around the edges of your windows for air leaks. If you feel a draft, you can easily seal the leaks with do-it-yourself caulk or weatherstripping.
Seasonal maintenance will help to protect your home and prepare it for winter. With a little effort this fall, your “home”-work will be sure to make the grade.
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