Neighbors, since it feels like our Fall can be as short as 2 weeks or as long as 3…. we should’ve titled this ‘Prepping for A Cold, Wet Winter’. Our Fall/Winter is slightly different than it would be in South Dakota or Tennessee, so when doing research for writing this article we tried to tailor the list for this part of the country. Sad to say, ‘Bulking Up on Comfy Bedding’ did NOT make the list as it did in a few other articles! Really? If that is your worst concern, go back to your San Diego condo. Just (kind of) kidding, you are of course welcome here in our fabulous community 😊

Let’s get right to it.

We purposely kept it under 10, because who needs 10 more things to do.

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts. Repair split/damaged gutters. They don’t work if they are full of leaves and/or don’t actually hold water because they are rusted through.
  • Check the roof. Repair damaged/split shingles or tiles. Replace missing shingles/tiles. Re-seal around vents if necessary. A leaky roof = a sad home-owner. We know from experience.
  • Get your HVAC serviced. Call in the professionals. They will replace air filters, test for leaks, and make sure your system is set to keep you warm. Ideally this service happens twice a year, once in the Spring, once in the Fall.
  • Have the chimney inspected (and cleaned) if you use it. Especially for wood burning fireplaces. No one needs a flue fire.
  • Inspect siding for holes and cracks. Seal them up.
  • Inspect windows and doors for weather stripping and solid seals. It is surprising how much energy loss there can be from a drafty window/door.
  • Inspect trees and landscaping for dead or damaged limbs. It’s always a good idea to do a complete Fall Trim-back of your landscaping.
  • Store hoses, lawn equipment, patio furniture, shade sails, and pool toys!
  • Fertilize your lawn… and if you want to be an over-achiever, plant some pretty bulbs for everyone’s Springtime enjoyment!
  • Obviously, a couple of these can be tackled by almost any home-owner but many would require a call into your trusted local specialist. If you don’t have a local trusted specialist, we can help. We will be your local trusted specialists, to refer you to other local trusted specialists! Call, email, text, anytime. And CHEERS to leaving the North State Triple Digits in the past! …for now…