Home in Fall

Say goodbye to summer. Blasting air conditioning units are being traded in for open windows, and we’ll soon be filling our stoops with pots of mums and carved pumpkins. Before the autumn chill officially hits the Harrisburg area, there’s plenty you should be doing to weatherize your space.

Now is the time to take inventory of the condition of your home — both inside and out. Caulk any cracks around doors and windows so your heat can’t escape this winter. And clean out gutters overflowing with leaves before it drops below freezing to avoid costly repairs.

If you’ve got a fireplace in your living room, have a professional inspect it for any blockages and clean it before that first fire of the season. And, speaking of fires, make sure batteries in smoke alarms and fire detectors are good to go.

Put Away Your Patio

Cooler weather means less time outside. So as temperatures begin to drop, your patio furniture, weed whacker and lawn mower will have to go into storage for the winter. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to properly clean and store these items so they’ll be ready to go next spring.

A common mistake homeowners make is forgetting to disconnect their hoses over the long winter. Remove them from spigots to avoid any frozen pipes or water backup into your basement.

Gardens Go to Bed

Fall is also the time to take care of the greenery around your home. Turn under your vegetable garden, and stay on top of leaf removal. Buildup on decks and walkways can become hazardous when rain and freezing temperatures suddenly hit.

You should also prune deciduous shrubs and trees, and treat your lawn with controlled-release fertilizers. If done correctly, your lawn and landscaping will be lush and green come springtime.

Mind Your Maintenance

Mark your calendar, and take care of annual home maintenance tasks. Flush water heaters, change air filters and have your furnace inspected before the chill of winter sets in.

And don’t forget to check your automatic thermostat. You’ll want to make sure your heat is going to kick on that first time you need it.

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