6 Ways to Prep Your Home in Fall

Prepping your home for Fall doesn't have to be overwhelming. Get ready for the season change with TREG's quick checklist!

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6 Ways to Prep Your Home in Fall

Posted by Crystal Salazar on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 8:37am.

Fall in Hampton Roads is arguably the best season. The humidity starts to drop a bit and there are so many fun things to do outside in the perfect 78-degree temps. Us locals really get to enjoy our less crowded beaches, and there are still just as many festivals as there were in the summer. It’s a win-win all around!

The season is also perfect to prep your home for the colder months ahead. Though it will be hard to break yourself away from the pumpkin patch, spend a weekend taking care of your home now versus later - it will be well worth your time and energy, and potentially save you from headaches next season. Here are 6 ways to jump-start the process:

  1. Clean your gutters. Whether you’re using a kid’s plastic shovel or a $25 scoop from Lowe’s, take an extra step and scrape everything onto a tarp below. For more of a how-to, here’s a great write-up by our friends at Houzz.

  1. Get your HVAC serviced. Having your HVAC serviced is much like taking your car in for an oil change. It’s just something you do to keep it running smoothly to avoid any surprise maintenance issues. Even though it’s often out of sight and out of mind, give your HVAC the same courtesy.

  1. Turn off faucets and store hoses. What you don’t want to happen is residual water to freeze and burst your pipes. To err on the side of caution, drain your garden hose and store it in a dry place. Also be sure to shut off exterior faucets (which may mean turning off the valve inside your home).

  1. Inspect and clean your chimney. If you were so inclined, you could clean out the ashes and charred wood, but you should have a professional come out to check the damper and flue.

  1. Service summer power equipment. No one wants to deal with the gum and harmful deposits that seemingly happen overnight that happens when gas goes through chemical changes. After you’ve given your lawn a final once-over for the season, drain the gas in the mower, leaf blower, and weed eaters. While you’re at it, go ahead and get the lawn mower blades sharpened too.

  1. Light therapy. To bring in more natural light in the upcoming darker and colder months, clean the windows and blinds. In darker rooms, consider adding a lamp or two. If you’re feeling extra motivated, switch out any traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs instead.

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