Fall outdoor cleaning tips

The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is cooling off and the days are getting shorter. That only means one thing… fall is here! But before you visualize yourself cuddling in front of a crackling fire with a piece of pumpkin pie, make sure to check up our fall cleaning tips to prepare your house for the winter.

Here is what you should do outside the house:

Leaf cleanup is a necessary, so bring out the rakes. Rake the leaves and recycle them in your own compost pile. Once the leaves are collected, cut your lawn one last time before the winter.

Inspect the fireplace and sweep the chimney to reduce creosote buildup and to make sure it hasn’t become home to bird nests.

Re-caulk windows and doors to seal air leaks. First, remove old caulking with a putty knife before applying new caulking. This will reduce heat loss in the house.

Clean the windows. Washing windows may not seem a difficult task to do, but if you want to make your windows crystal-clear with no traces of spots or scum read more here.

Clean your patio furniture to prepare it for storing inside.

Drain and store garden hoses, clean shovels and other yard tools. Store your lawn care equipment.

Drain the pool and close it up.

After all the leaves have fallen from the trees, it’s time to check and clean the gutters and the downpipes to reduce the risk of water damage to your siding, windows, doors and foundation.

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