Hooray! September 22nd marked the first day of fall. I have grown to really appreciate the changing of seasons over the years. The leaves changing colors, the crispness in the air, the first pot of chili and stews and soups and a big hearty roast are just a few of my favorite things. And roaring fires…I do really enjoy big roaring fires.
The beginning of cooler weather also means it is time to start preparing your home for the chill of winter. Get a jump on the honey-do list for your home this weekend. Doing a little at a time in the fall will have you prepared for the first freezing temps of winter.
Give your Furnace a tune-up – this is one of the easiest and most important things to do before the cold weather begins. Just call Carmine’s to schedule your tune-up; that is the end of the effort you have to put into this particular job and you are ensured that it runs efficiently all winter long.
Clean out the gutters & divert water – the leaves won’t stop falling for awhile so you need to take steps to protect your home. Cleaning out your gutters prevents water from building up and damaging your roofing, siding and wood trim. You also want to make sure water is running at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation of your home. This is a simple do it yourself task – you can pick up extensions at your local hardware store, attach them and you are done.
Mulch the leaves when you mow – I am pleased to announce you should mow your leaves instead of raking them. Since I am usually the one raking the leaves over and over again, I think I will give this a try this year. If you cut the leaves while they are dry into dime size pieces they will decompose over the winter and nourish your lawn. I am not sure how this will look, but it is worth a try.
There are many more things to do to get your home ready for fall and winter that we will cover later; this is plenty to do for the weekend. After all, you don’t want to spend your whole weekend working – you want to spend it enjoying the beautiful fall weather.
Call Carmine’s today to schedule your tune-up at 203-791-8089.