10 Essential Fall Clean-Up Tasks

Clear fallen leaves from your yard, as they can smother grass and promote mold growth.

1. Rake Leaves

Remove leaves, twigs, and debris to ensure proper water drainage and prevent potential water damage.

2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Prune back any overgrown branches to prevent them from causing damage during winter storms.

3. Trim Trees and Shrubs

Wipe down and store outdoor furniture or cover it to protect it from winter weather.

4. Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture

Check for drafts and seal any gaps or cracks to keep your home warmer and more energy-efficient.

5. Inspect and Seal Windows and Doors

Have your furnace or heating system inspected and serviced to ensure it's running efficiently.

6. Service Heating Systems

Replace batteries and test your detectors to ensure they're working properly.

7. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Look for loose or damaged shingles and have any necessary repairs done. Also, consider scheduling a chimney cleaning if you use your fireplace.

8. Inspect Roof and Chimney

Clean and properly store your lawnmower, trimmers, and other garden tools. Drain and store hoses to prevent freezing.

9. Winterize Lawn and Garden Equipment

Organize and store summer items like beach toys, umbrellas, and outdoor sports equipment.

10. Clean and Store Seasonal Gear

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