Tips September 15, 2016

Autumn Around the Home Maintenance Tips!


Fall Maintenance

It’s a wrap-up of summer heat!  With autumn comes the changing of colors and temperature.  To make life easier in preparation for the winter around your home, and to reduce stress before the snow begins to fall, here’s a brief list of autumn around the Home Maintenance tips.

  •  Home Repair List: Create a list of anything around your home that needs repair
  •  Landscaping Tips: Visit a local landscape maintenance company for tips on trimming your shrubs, foliage & trees
  •  Trim: Trim the shrubs and trees
  •  Rake: Rake leaves and pine-cones
  •  Gutters: Clean the gutters of debris
  •  Chimney: Have your chimney inspected and/or cleaned
  •  Roof: Visually inspect the roof for damage (if needed, have a professional inspect and/or repair the roof)
  •  Painting: Finish painting any outside siding that may be vulnerable to the winter weather
  •  Planting: If you’re a garlic lover, plant garlic for next years’ harvest – see MontGuide
  •  Garden Hoses: Unscrew all garden hoses, get rid of the water in the hoses, and put them away before the temperature freezes 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Celsius
  •  Mow the Lawn: Mow the lawn before winter sets in to keep rodents from making it their home
  •  Mower: Get the mower ready for winter storage.  Store your mower in a dry place or cover it to protect it from moisture after you do the following: remove the battery (negative terminal first), clean under the deck, sharpen the blade, unplug the spark plug lead, replace the spark plug if necessary, replace the air filter, change the oil, either get rid of the fuel or add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel prior to storage.  Then, at storage time, make sure that it’s 95% full with the added stabilizer – see
  •  Tools: Inspect and repair or replace your tools: rakes, shovels, mower, sprinklers, hoses, wheel barrels, saws, clippers, etc.
  •  List: Create a list of things you’ll need for winter maintenance – such as shovels and salt for sidewalks
  •  And finally, start a cozy fire on the hearth and enjoy your peace of mind!