Here are some things you should consider tackling before September 23rd, the first day of fall, to make sure your home is ready for the cooler months ahead. Then you can sit back, relax, and watch the leaves start to change!

-Turn off outdoor plumbing. Drain out hose faucets or sprinkler systems in order to keep them from freezing (and bursting) when it gets cold out!

-Compost bins – have you ever considered starting to compost? Fall will be a great time to start doing so when you have all of those fallen leaves to rake up!

-Fix concrete cracks. They will only get worse in the winter months ahead, so do it while it is still nice outside!

-Clean the gutters. A must-do every season. Make sure they are cleared before fall arrives so that extra clogging won’t happen when all those leaves start falling. 

-Get outdoor tools and furniture ready for storage. While we want to keep hanging on to the last of these nice summer days, if you are no longer in need of some gardening tools or pieces of furniture, clean them up and have them ready for storage when it’s time to say goodbye. 

-Check your furnace. We can’t stress enough how important it is to have your furnace looked at now, while you do not need it, to make sure it will run properly and smoothly when the first day of cold weather hits.

-Get your chimney swept and fireplace cleaned. Prepare it for use!

-Check your windows. If there are any breaks in the seals or cracks in the window, get them repaired as soon as possible. Once the cold air hits, you will not be able to heat your home properly and will be wasting money on heating costs.

-Battery check. Like every season, we encourage you to check the batteries in your smoke detector (especially after these wildfires!), carbon monoxide detectors and get together an emergency kit for you and your family to have available if ever need be. Alaska has had some scary natural disasters over the past year that we need to be ready for!