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As the days get shorter, you'll want to finish as much home maintenance as you can before the approaching holidays. Fall is the best time of year to prep for colder weather, so it is important that you complete these essential tasks.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Grab your ladder and a family member to help support you while you clean your gutters. This task should be completed annually and doing so can help to prevent damage to your roof and siding later on. Be sure to check your roof for any loose shingles or damaged vents.

Plant Spring Bulbs

Timeliness is vital when it comes to maintaining a beautiful home garden. This Fall be sure to plant all of your spring bulbs before the end of October. Planting in cool soil provides the optimal growing environment for spring flowers and will result in a bountiful garden next year.

Clean Your Fireplace

Prepping your fireplace and chimney before winter is essential if you plan on using it. You'll want to ensure the safety of your home by cleaning out the fireplace, checking the integrity of the door and shields, and inspecting the flute. It may also be a good idea to stock up on wood and hire a chimney sweep if available.

Inspect Your Windows

Ensuring that your windows are properly sealed for the winter is another important task that should be considered during the fall season. Doing this not only keeps the heat from escaping the comfort of your home but is also a great way to reduce your heating and cooling bills.