November is often the time of year when the weather begins to cool down and the days become shorter and busier. Be sure to get your fall maintenance items completed before the holidays begin with our fall home checklist with items you may have forgotten about.
Check the Attic
Regardless of where you live, the most important area in your home to keep insulated is your attic. The attic to your home is a buffer zone that keeps the heat where you want it and control your energy costs. If attics are not really your thing or you simply don’t have the time, give House Doctors a call to schedule a free quote.
Raking the Leaves
Did you know that autumn leaves could smother your grass and lead to insect and disease problems? Instead of raking them away, shred them using your lawnmower, then rake them up to use as mulch on your flower or vegetable garden.
Refill the Bird Feeders
The majority of birds will head south for the winter but that doesn’t mean that you should stop feeding the birds that do stick around. Consider buying a bird feeder if you don’t already have one. According to the Audubon Society, more than 100 bird species supplement their diets with food often found in local feeders. When food becomes scarce, birds look for this human assistance to stay warm and fed. The feeders can also be used for birds traveling south that stop for a bite to eat along the way.
Clean the Garage
Organizing your garage is especially important to do before the cooler temperatures hit so you can get your car out of the cold. Take a day and organize your garage by clearing away the clutter and keeping track of the items you have and more importantly the items you will need. Be sure to place items you won’t be needing until warmer weather away and keep your frequently needed items close during the seasonal time (i.e. holiday decorations).
Cap the Chimney
Chimney season is quickly approaching and you want to be sure yours is working when you need it. Plan on installing chimney caps if you do not already have them to keep the wildlife out of your home. The last thing you need is an unexpected visitor and no we do not mean Santa Claus! If you store firewood outside be sure it is not placed directly against the house where mice and termites can reach it and make their way into your home.
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