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Fall Prep Checklist

15 October 2016

Before winter rolls in, make sure you are as prepared as you can be.

Raking leaves, a chore that we all know too well in Iowa.Everyone always looks forward to the fall. The leaves are changing colors, the summer heat is no longer a concern and with school in session, we’re back to a regular schedule.  Life is good. Just one thing… Fall clean up.  At LeafGuard®, we know that prepping for winter is not as fun as prepping for summer.  So in order to make this season’s clean up a little bit easier, we’ve made a checklist to follow in order to make sure you’re ready for the next season coming.  Winter IS coming.  Boo.

Grill maintenance and cleaning

Grill season is not over, but you should probably face the reality that the end is near.  Before the first snow hits, it’s a good idea to give your grill a good cleaning before the grill goes into the shed or the cover goes on for the season. Here are some steps to take:

  1. The first thing you probably want to do is take out the grilling grate and flavorizer grills.
  2. Get yourself a stainless steel grill brush and get scrubbing. It’s probably a good idea to soak the grates in a bucket of soapy water.
  3. While your grates are soaking, clean out the cook box. Using your grill brush and/or rag, scrub the built-up grease and debris into your grill’s bottom tray.

Seal leaking windows and doors

Seal up your drafty windows

Before winter rolls in, make sure you are as prepared as you can be.  The winter winds are unforgiving and if you are not prepared you will feel it your bones and in your pocketbook.  Windows and doors are the obvious places to look first.  Get yourself to your local hardware store, pick up some silicone caulk and get to work.  For older windows, it might be a good idea to seal them with plastic.  Window kits are cheap but effective.

Prevent frozen pipes

If the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, this winter could be extra brutal.  Make sure you double check your home for pipes that could be at risk of freezing.  The most obvious place to look is the water line that connects to your outside water spigot.  Make sure your outside faucet is drained properly and if you do not have a freeze-proof spigot, add some insulation to your piping closest to the outside of your home.

Winterizing your home in Iowa

Get your furnace prepped

It won’t be long before you’ll need to kick on the furnace.  Make sure it’s ready to go.  You may be able to do it yourself.  We can all make sure a new filter is installed, but you might want to play it safe and have a professional give your furnace a check-up before you increase its workload.  Your furnace is one thing that you do not want to have to replace, so be nice to it.

Landscaping

Fall Home Projects in Iowa

You probably don’t need a reminder for this one, but we’ll give it to you anyways.  Fall landscaping is a necessary chore, but one that will make your spring much more enjoyable.  Here is a quick checklist within a checklist to make sure you do not forget a thing:

  1. Rake the leaves.
  2. Trim your bushes and hedges.
  3. Mulch or cut your grass a bit shorter.
  4. Cut down your annuals.
  5. Plant any bulbs for spring.

Porches, decks and outdoor furniture

Once your grill is cleaned and put away, it’s time to make sure your patio furniture is retired for the season, too.  Whether it’s a simple table and chairs or a comfy outdoor sofa, make sure to take care of it before the elements get a hold of it.  And since you’re putting it away,  you might as well give it a good cleaning.  Plus, think of how nice it will be next spring!

Another important winter prep item is to check your home’s insulation and energy efficiency. Give us a call at Home Solutions of Iowa and we can perform a home energy evaluation, which will allow you to determine any problem areas and have the opportunity to correct them before the cold weather moves in.

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