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With leaves falling, farmers markets proudly displaying heaps of gourds and the sun dipping lower in the sky each day, there’s no doubt we are in the heart of autumn now. Pick and
choose from among these seasonal tasks to make the most of this harvest month and prep for the winter ahead.
Prepare your home for winter weather. If you use storm shutters and doors, now is the time to take down the summer screens and install heavy-duty winter weather protection. Check weatherstripping and door sweeps, and replace as needed.
Clean gutters. Once the majority of the autumn leaves have fallen, clear out those gutters and downspouts — clogged gutters can lead to pooling water and eventually a leaky roof. If you are not comfortable on a tall ladder, or if your home is two or more stories high, be safe and hire a helper to do the job for you.
Inspect the roof. While you’re cleaning the gutters, take a look at your home’s roof. If there is any noticeable damage, schedule a repair now.
Rake leaves. If your yard boasts any deciduous trees, you’ve likely already started on the annual leaf raking. Dry leaves make a wonderful addition to compost, so think about starting a compost bin instead of setting out leaf bags for city collection.
Turn off exterior faucets. October is when regions with cold winters sometimes get a first freeze. Protect your pipes by removing and rolling up hoses, and shutting off water to the exterior faucets.
Check home safety devices. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher; replace as needed.
Declutter projects. October is a great month to clean out closets, clean off your desk or organize your bedroom or the garage.
October is still a great time to buy or sell. Get into a home before the holidays. Mortgage interest rates are actually down so don't miss out on these historically rates. They will go up and the Feds keep talking about raising them during the fourth quarter. Call, text or email me if you want to discuss the possibilities.
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