7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
Don’t wait til the sun is going down at 6:30 and the daily high temp is in the 50s to get your home ready for Fall. Knock out these projects while it’s still warm and sunny!
1. Clean out the gutters. Insects love to nest in clogged gutters.
2. Stock up on firewood. Tip: Keep the wood stacked about 30 feet from your home. If possible, keep wood raised off the ground on a rack. Rodents and insects love wood stacks!
3. Inspect trees. Check for damaged limbs that may break or are too close to power lines or the roof. Tree limbs closer than 4′ to your home can serve as a bridge to your home for cold rodents. Fall isn’t the time to do a lot of pruning to trees and shrubs. Just preventive measures.
4. Reverse your ceiling fans. Running your fan in a clockwise direction after you turn on the heat will push the heat down (remember, heat rises).
5. Check your roof for loose, missing or damaged shingles.
6. Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. Replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames.
7. Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working.
BONUS: Call A & A Termite and Pest Control for your free wildlife inspection! (877) AA-TERMITE or use the Contact Us page form.