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Fall Home Maintenance



Welcome back from vacation! Best wishes to those heading back to school. Whether you’re getting ready to move, staying exactly where you are, or unsure where to go next, Autumn is a time of beginnings. For one, fair season is upon us! Just one of the many Fall traditions that makes Western Massachusetts a charming exciting place to live. 

As you know, Fall is the perfect time to dive into any home repairs that can improve your carbon footprint and save you money. Don’t forget to take care of your home as winter approaches! :-)
 

Fall maintenance tips:

  • Clean your gutters.
  • Don’t start wood burning season without a clean chimney! It’s a fire hazard :)
  • Make a day of cleaning up the yard and/or garden. Celebrate with a bonfire!
  • Plant some bulbs!
  • Plant perennials!
  • Winterize your Home

    • Caulk around windows if there are cracks.

    • Close up your fireplace, all the way.

    • Replace weatherstripping around doors.

    • Add drapes and heavy rugs to your home, providing extra insulation. 

    • Buy a water heater blanket at a local hardware store to keep your tank from losing heat

    • Clean furnace

      • Change the furnace filters

    • Shut off outdoor water so your pipes don’t freeze!

    • Consider window insulation film for added protection.
       

For those of us who don’t know everything, I find that a quick google search and a Youtube how to are very helpful with getting tips and insight from people who have found solutions already. Why stress when an answer exists? Head to your local library if you’re in need of a computer or internet!

Remember deep breaths and to spend time outside in the fresh fall air. Next post on Thursday!
 

- Delap :)

 

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