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An End of Summer Home Check List

The end of summer can be a bummer. Not only is school back in session, but the days are getting shorter and the air is getting a bit crisper.

The change in seasons is always a good time to remember to check in on your property. While we live in it and spend a lot of our time around it, we still may not really notice everything going on with our homes. So, before you do any of the following, make sure you do a perimeter walk of your property and see if there is anything out of place.

Now, onto a checklist that you can use to keep your home looking great as fall approaches!

  • Clean your gutters: Depending on where you live, you may need to clean your gutters each and every season. Don't forget!

  • Have your HVAC unit inspected: Most HVAC companies offer yearly tune-ups as part of your service contract. Take advantage of them, especially when you're going to be shutting down the central air and firing up the heat.

  • Clean up brush: Check to see if there are any unstable limbs that may not make it through the winter. Now is a good time to get rid of some of that extra brush and other lawn clippings so you don't need to deal with them as much in the spring.

  • Clean the sink and garbage disposal: The summer heat is not only good swimming weather, it's also good for bacteria build up. Giving your sink and disposal a thorough clean can keep everyone a bit safer.

  • Check your driveways and walkways: Take note of any problems with your sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and other areas that may have cracks that can get substantially worse during the winter.

  • Check your insulation: You're going to want to keep your home warm this winter and insulation plays a big part in that. Check to see if there are any spots that look like they need new caulking or weather stripping.

  • Put summer away: It can be sad to see the pool toys and other summer items get put away, but it's time. The last thing you want to do is leave them out longer than they need to be. They could potentially get damaged.

Of course, there are many other things you can do to keep your home running and looking great. We hope this small checklist can get you motivated and started!

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