Any deep cleaning you didn't get to this spring should probably be done this fall
- Turning over your mattress and washing all of your bedding, including comforters and blankets.
- Getting your carpets professionally cleaned. Think of all the sand and grass clippings that have been walked in on your flip-flops this summer.
- Cleaning your windows, inside and out, including in between the sills.
- Cleaning your house from top to bottom, focusing on public rooms such as the living room, family room, entryway and guest bath.
- Get out the vacuum. Vacuum the drapes, window treatments, baseboards and in the corners. Move furniture and vacuum beneath and behind it. Vacuum upholstered furniture, or have professionally cleaned if needed. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall, and vacuum the condenser coils. For bottom-mounted coils, use a long, narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris.
Before the chilly weather of fall begins, make sure your furnace is tuned up for the winter and change the filter.Before the chilly weather of fall begins, make sure your furnace is tuned up for the winter and change the filter, homeowners with a fireplace should check the flue and have the fireplace cleaned if it is wood burning.Fall is also a good time to have your air ducts cleaned
One of the BIGGEST must-do tasks of the season is to clean your home's gutters. If you don't clean out your gutters, you run the risk of water building up in them during cold weather. This can cause "ice damming," That will ruin a roof.
- Examining your chimney for any damage
- Covering up your air conditioning unit to protect it from ice and snow.
- Putting away summer equipment, such as outdoor tables and chairs, umbrellas, grills and children's toys.
- Touching up paint on and decks, trim and railings. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime bare wood first.
- Draining and storing garden hoses, Install insulating covers on exterior spigots and have sprinkler systems blown free of water.
- Inspecting washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or splits. Replace them every other year.
- Checking the dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris or birds' nests. Make sure the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use.
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