Not to be a downer, but it’s true. Summer’s over. The days are getting shorter, there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to turn magnificent colors. Yes, it’s that time of year again! It happens like clock work, and even though we know what needs to be done around the house, sometimes things slip our minds. For instance. How long ago did you clean out your gutters or pressure wash your driveway. Little things like that can fall through the cracks and become a big problem when the rain starts to fall.
Ideally, right now, is the time to get those gutters clear of debris if you haven’t already. I’m sure you’re thinking, “What’s the point, the leaves are about to fall and clog them up again anyway?” Well, then look at it this way, you’ll at least make room for the fallen leaves and you’ll clean them out while it’s still dry out. Sure, you might have to do it again depending on your location, but that’s the joy of owning your own home.
When was the last time you have your roof inspected? Great time to do it would be now as well to make sure there are no surprises come November. Also, check windows for cracks and leaky seals. This can really help cut down on winter heating bills.
If you want to prolong the life of your patio furniture, get it stored away in a clean dry place. Other ideas on getting prepared for winter:
Everyone’s heard of spring cleaning, but no one really talks about “Autumn cleaning,” and there is so much to do around the house to prepare for the cold days ahead. Getting it done now while there’s still sunny days is ideal and if you divide up the chores, you can still get out and enjoy the last few weeks of great Pacific Northwest weather.
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