Fall is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about the things you need to do to get your home ready for the colder months ahead. Whether it’s cleaning the gutters or trimming the trees, there are some things you absolutely must do to protect your home and property.

Clean the Gutters

They call it fall for a reason. Before you know it, your gutters will be filled to the brim with leaves. You absolutely must clean your gutters or you risk water damage to your roof or foundation when your gutters overflow. If you only do this once during the season, make sure to do it after all the leaves have fallen.

Seal Windows

You want to seal any gaps around your home’s doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping during the winter. If you have older windows, you may also want to get a shrink wrap kit to better seal the entire window.

Trim Trees

Snow and ice can really weigh down the limbs of trees. If you have any limbs dangling over your roof, you want to remove them. Letting these limbs lay on your roof during snow or ice storms can damage your roof.

Mow Leaves

Instead of raking the leaves, allow the leaves to lay on your grass and mow up the leaves after all the leaves have fallen. This will add mulch to your lawn and keep it healthy throughout the winter.

Get Your Heating System Serviced

The last thing you want is for your heat to go out this winter. In the fall, make an appointment to have your furnace, heat pump, etc serviced so that it’s in good working order when cold weather arrives.

Seal the Driveway

Now is also a great time to seal your driveway. The snow and ice can be really hard on your driveway, especially if you have any cracks where the snow and ice can pack in.  It’s actually a fairly easy DIY project.

My husband and I sealed our asphalt driveway in Michigan several times ourselves.  It’s best to do it before the leaves start falling so they don’t get stuck in your sealant.