Wednesday, October 5, 2016

5 Ways to Prepare Your North Shore Home for Fall

Fall is in the air! The weather is getting cooler here on the North Shore and if you haven't already, it's time to start preparing your home for the season ahead! There are several tasks to cross off of your homeowner to-do list this time of year and better yet, you could tackle all of them in a single weekend!

I've included five easy ways to prepare your Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook, and Highland Park area home for fall, aside from adorning your patio with the usual pumpkin-scape!

Clean out your gutters
Just a few hours of work on your gutters can prevent much larger issues down the road. For instance, clogged gutters can lead to flooding in your basement or interior walls, rodent problems, and ice dams in the winter. Take the time to clear any blockages from your gutters and run a hose through them to ensure water can flow freely.

Fix any cracks in driveway or sidewalk
Cracks in your driveway or sidewalk can become bigger problems when winter arrives, so take care to repair them now. In fact, these may be the last few weeks that it's warm enough (and sunny enough!) to get them under control.

Clean and store outdoor furniture
Before you pack up your patio furniture for the winter, make sure you clean them of any dirt, rust and grime. Even if you plan to use them for a few more weeks, now is a great time to ensure they are clean enough to store when you're finished.

Tend to your garden and plants
Identify any flowers or plants that will be susceptible to cooler temperatures and make plans to cover them from the chill. You may also want to consider planting bulbs now for a beautiful start in the spring! And all of those leaves lingering around your yard? You can leave them as they are— they will continue to feed your grass under the snow for months.

Inspect your HVAC system
We will all soon be reaching for the thermostat, so it's time to call your HVAC specialist if you have yet to do so! They will check that everything is in working order for the winter and replace the filter before you turn it on for the first time this fall.

Fall is an exciting time of year, for both homeowners and buyers alike! Give me a call today for more information about the current real estate market, buying or selling a home in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook, and Highland Park!

Janie Bress
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