September 6, 2018 | Lara James
Rain is in the forecast for next week and the store shelves are filled with everything Pumpkin spice...sure sign that fall is just around the corner.

The changing weather is the perfect time to take care of those home maintenance tasks necessary to carry you into the next season.  Our list of projects will help get your home ready for winter.

Change Furnace Filter: Replacing the air filter on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system every 1-3 months allows it to run more efficiently and keeps the air in your home cleaner.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clean gutters and downspouts. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts (hire a helper if you are not comfortable on a ladder). Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.

Check Safety Devices:
  Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.

Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure.

Trimming plants and trees around the house will take away hiding spots for critters who may eventually try and enter your home. This will also prevent clean up and potential damage to your home when a storm hits, sending tree branches flying.

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