It’s a chilly and gloomy day here in Clarksville. I’ve been back and forth doing business in Cookeville, TN these past couple of weeks and it feels really nice to just sit in my home and write you all a blog! I’m really enjoying connecting with you all this way and giving you a little more of me. Giving you tips and tricks and all of the knowledge is really rewarding for me and some days, (like today!) I’m just so over joyed to be in the middle of my career that I’ve prayed for! Any who, enough with all of that gushy stuff, let’s talk FALL TIME and what we should do for our HOMES! This is just a quick little list of things you may not think to do but should probably check out soon before the weather gets cold! Let’s get to cleaning out gutters and cleaning out the garage for a fresh coat of paint! Welcome to fall time in Tennessee boys n girls! As always, much love! - Syd!
Fall Time Tasks Around the House-
Clean/ seal your deck-
J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman, recommends “walk[ing] around the deck and sprinkl[ing] water on several different areas. If water soaks into the boards, it’s time to reseal the deck. If water forms a puddle or beads up, the deck is repelling water and will be safe for the winter.”
How to protect deck wood in the winter-
Check for loose nails and screws. Tighten or replace fasteners as needed.
Winterize your driveway-
Most people don’t give their driveway a second thought when winterizing the home. However, snow, ice and salt can take its toll on concrete and asphalt surfaces.
Clean your fireplace
Check all heating and air units
Stock up on sidewalk salt, firewood and windshield wiper fluids
Clean all gutters
Remulch and winterize the gardens
Switch fan direction-
Ceiling fans should turn clockwise in the colder months, which pushes warm air back down into the room. Most fans have a simple switch that reverses the direction. (I didn’t even know this til recently!)
Clean up your lawnmower and other yard tools
Prepare your patio for winter-
Clean your patio furniture thoroughly before putting it away for the winter. Empty the dirt in any decorative clay or ceramic pots – otherwise it can freeze and crack the pots. More importantly, check for any cracks or dents in your deck or patio. Any small problem you have now will grow bigger during the cold season, especially if water gets into the cracks and freezes.
Add a fresh coat of paint-
The weather is still warm without being oppressive, so now is the perfect time to redo the outside (and maybe even the inside) of your home with a fresh coat of paint. With the milder fall temperatures, you will be able to keep your windows open to get rid of the fumes quickly.
Look at weather-proofing-
Doors and windows should be sealed against the elements with weather stripping and/or caulking. These protective materials keep nasty weather out and the heat in—cracked, chipping, or otherwise damaged seals can cause much higher energy bills as you lose heat to the outdoors. Also check that doors and windows are properly attached to their frames, with no gaps or cracks.
Clean out the garage-
The real nitty gritty list-