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Now is the time for these early autumn chores

Thursday, September 22, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

Later this fall, home-maintenance chores like leaf-raking and gutter-cleaning will beg for attention. But now is the perfect time for many mild-weather fall chores.
     Rather than wait for our inevitable chilly, rainy season, knock these of your checklist now on a sunny day.

  • Check your siding for gaps. Seal any spots where critters could enter your home and camp out for the winter.
  • Plug drafts around windows and doors. Caulk is cheap! Silicone is best outdoors, since it repels the elements.
  • Remove cracked branches or dead trees. They could cause damage during a windstorm.
  • Have your furnace serviced. Don't wait until cold weather, when service people get booked solid.
  • Get your chimney cleaned. If you burn more than half a cord of wood annually, do it every two years to remove creosote.
  • Stack firewood at least 10 feet from the house. If you live in a wildfire-prone area, make that at least 30 feet and uphill from your home. Wood stacked against your house serves as a welcome mat to bugs and critters.
  • Check for missing or curled shingles and weak spots, which invite leaks. IMPORTANT: if you’re unsteady on a ladder or squeamish about heights, hire a professional to do this (and any other roof work).


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