Fall Checklist!

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With our first taste of winter this past weekend, it’s a good time you’re ready for cold weather when it decides to stick around. Here’s a quick checklist to run through to ensure you’re prepared:

  • Clean gutters
  • Make sure gutters are well secured to the home in preparation for snow and ice weight
  • Remove downspouts (be sure to put them back in place in spring)
  • Caulk cracks on windows, sidings, anywhere where there are seams on the home
  • Replace any broken glass windows or doors
  • Check roof for loose or damaged shingles and replace them
  • Insulate attics and other similar spaces, but make sure vents are clear and clean
  • Check door seals and weather strip doors and windows
  • Tune-up your heating systems- replace filters, cleaning air ducts, etc. Have a professional do it if you’re not sure how to check and clean the heating unit.
  • Remove window AC units
  • Check outdoor lights, replace bulbs in preparation for it being dark earlier and longer
  • You may need to protect plumbing (especially in older homes) by checking exposed pipes and insulating if needed.  Check with a plumber to see if this is needed in your home.
  • Remove hoses and turn off exterior faucets prior to first freeze
  • Test fire and carbon monoxide alarms in preparation for heating and fireplace usage
  • Have chimney checked and cleaned before using
  • Clean out your dryer vent
  • Check with professional about what plants and shrubs may need to be cut back in the fall
  • Seasonal options: remove screens from windows and doors and replace with the storm door and windows if applicable
  • Make sure you have a good shovel, tune up your snowblower, winterize your lawnmower and weedwacker
  • Mentally prepare yourself for a fun, snowy Minnesota winter!