Some chores just can’t be ignored, especially in the fall. As we count down the days until the first snowfall, here are a few chores to cross off your list sooner rather than later.
5 Chores to Prep for Winter
While each season ends with its own list of chores, the leap from fall to winter can be more severe if tasks are not completed on time. Snow and ice don’t forgive a lack of initiative. So, set aside some time this weekend to cross these 5 chores off your list. You’ll be happy that you did!
Clean Out Gutters
Fallen leaves and small branches can choke up gutters in the fall. If not cleaned out before winter, they’ll freeze, and the additional weight can cause gutters to tear off. Jammed gutters can also cause ice dams, which can do serious damage to your roof. This is one task you don’t want to forget.
Put Away Patio Furniture
Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on outdoor furniture. If you can’t bring patio furniture inside, you’ll need to invest in some outdoor furniture covers. Check with the manufacturer or go online. There are many great options in a variety of sizes. You just have to find one that fits.
Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up
It can get really cold, really quick if the furnace stops working in February. This month, call to schedule a furnace tune-up with a heating professional. In fact, do it today! Better to be safe than sorry. While you’re at it, change furnace filters and check both fire and carbon monoxide alarms.
Call a Chimney Sweep
There’s nothing better than a fire burning in the fireplace on a cold winter day to keep you warm. But, they’re also a leading cause of house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year to protect your health and your home.
If you haven’t done so already, pull out your winter coats, boots and hats, and other accessories. Make sure they still fit and aren’t damaged. If necessary, have them cleaned. Tears in coats can be fixed at home or by a local seamstress, and boots can be refurbished at your local shoe repair. Get them in early, it’s a busy time of year!
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