Fall is Almost Here - So Here is Your Honey Do List to Get Ready!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

It is hard to believe that fall is coming since it still in the 90s in Washington this week. The grass, which is turning brown from the lack of rain, looks more like mid summer but the calendar promises that it is fall.  The kids are back in school, which brings back the early morning traffic and the Redskins are already promising a losing season.  It must be fall - even if it feels like mid summer! So.... it is time to get the house ready for fall.  Here are the honey do items on the list. After all, once you get these done, you can go shopping for spring bulbs and be ready to plant them if .... when the weather turns cool!  

Schedule chimney and furnace maintenance.  Have the furnace and fireplace checked out.  RIght now the contractors aren't busy and you might be able to get a good deal on a service visit.  Don't wait until the weather gets cold to check out your furnace, because you can guarantee that it will not work as the frost builds on the inside of your windows!  Get your chimney cleaned and serviced too. You want to make sure that there are no animals living in your chimney - and if you don't have a chimney cap, you certainly want to add one! The metal cap with screened sides will protect your roof from burning embers and keep animals from climbing into your chimney!

If you are a lover of wood burning fires, now is the time to order a cord of wood.  Just in case you don't know.... A common cord of wood is 4' by 4' by 8'.  I remember once my father had a cord of wood delivered, but when it was stacked, the cord did not measure up to a standard cord. After my father measured the cord and insisted on the correct amount of wood, the delivery man packed all the wood back into his truck and left! 

Inspect the roof and gutters.  You want to wait to clean out the gutters and downspouts until after the leaves have fallen, but you can still give those areas a quick visual inspection now.  Pull out any sticks or debris blocking the gutters and check out any worn seals around vent pipes and the chimneys.   This is another task you can do yourself or hire someone to do it for you.  The contractor cleaning your chimney may be able to clean your gutters while he is on your roof and advise you of any shingles that should be checked further, Don't forget to get the gutters cleaned when the leaves have finished coming down! 

Cozy up with warm layers.  Winter is coming so you might want to find your flannel sheets and fluffy duvets. Be sure to bring out those blankets and throws that you put away when the weather turned warm. Thicker area rugs and warm curtains will make your rooms feel cozier and may actually keep your home warmer.  when it is hot in the summer, a cool floor might feel great on your tootsies, but in the dead of winter as you get out of bed in the morning - a warm carpet will feel so much better! 

Remove window AC units. If you use window air-conditioning units, now is the time to either remove them or cover them outside with protective insulation. Removing the units is the better option because this will allow you to close the windows, minimizing winter heat loss. If you choose to leave them in over the winter, be sure to pick up insulating covers made for this purpose and securely attach them outside.

Add weatherstripping. If you have new double paned windows you have good energy efficiency, but if your windows are older, you might want to add weatherstripping to retain heat and stop drafts. If you have added weatherstripping in the past, you might check those areas again and remove or replace any weatherstripping that seems to have lost its effectiveness.

Declutter and organize clothes.  As you get ready for a new season, it is a good time to look over your summer clothes.  Which ones are ready for Goodwill? Which ones need to be cleaned and which ones are ready to pack away till next May?  It is time to pack the Lily Pulitzers away and make room for the sweaters and wools! 

Set up a homework or project area. Fall means homework and projects.  Even kindergarten students have homework now! UGH! Kids are more likely to get their work done with an area that is comfortable, attractive and well-organized.  If you have the room, consider adding a dedicated project table and keep all the necessary supplies at hand.

Maintain the washer and dryer.  Cleaning out the dryer vents can be a DIY job, but if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, you can hire a contractor to do washer and dryer maintenance for you. Washing machine hoses need to be replaced from time to time, because a split hose can cause a leak — which can mean costly damage to your home. Clean dryer vents and hoses will help your machine work more efficiently and reduce the risk of fire.  When I decided to clean out my dryer however, I found every con artist in the city of Bethesda.... so... do not go with the Groupon coupon or the cheapest company on the internet. I promise you will regret it! 



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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Tis the season...and the reason our handyman books soooo far ahead !

Sep 21, 2016 08:26 PM #9
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Ronald Gombach - WHen I was growing up our next door neighbor was in his 90s and still getting up on a ladder - a great idea until he fell off the ladder and broke his hip and you know how it went after that.... 

Sep 21, 2016 09:01 PM #10
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

So important to do maintenance on your home, especially the furnace! Murphy law will always have your furnace breaking down on the coldest week in winter.

Sep 21, 2016 09:07 PM #11
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

How can I watch College Football this Saturday if I attack this To Do List ?

Sep 21, 2016 10:16 PM #12
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

You forgot to include: Post the football schedule.  LOL

Great tips, Lisa Von Domek .  Happy Fall.

Sep 21, 2016 10:38 PM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Lise - I have automated my list with pre scheduled roof and gutter visits as well as boiler maintenance.

Sep 22, 2016 12:17 AM #14
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

Great list. Definitely like that you added cleaning the dryer vent. I don't think most homeowners realise what a huge fire hazard a blocked dryer vent is. 

Sep 22, 2016 12:24 AM #15
Kathryn J.
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

The dryer vent!  Most people forget what a fire hazard this is.  My son's rental was on fire and that is what caused it.  Scarey!

Sep 22, 2016 01:30 AM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lise Howe - We have been able to check a few things off the list. ! more gutter to do!  Probably wont' get done! I know some folks have to change over from swamp coolers to the furnace hook ups. 

Sep 22, 2016 06:03 AM #17
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Lise - lots of tasks to be done to prepare for winter, especially in cold weather climes. 

Sep 22, 2016 12:16 PM #18
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

Lise Howe Great list for homeowners, myself included. If you're already frustrated with the 'Skins, it's not too late to root for the Ravens (just saying)

Sep 22, 2016 12:24 PM #19
Rachel R
LeafFilter North, Inc. - Hudson, OH
Savvy home improvement & DIY blogger at LeafFilter

Great article, Lise! I would say don't just have your gutters cleaned, but also install a gutter protection system. If you're selling your house, especially to older or disabled people, not having to climb a ladder to do that routine maintenance to your gutters can be a good selling point. Something like the LeafFilter system would definitely do the trick! Ronald Gombach, you might be interested in it for yourself if your wife wants you to stay away from those ladders! Stay safe! 

Sep 22, 2016 10:12 PM #20
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Lise, thanks for the reminder and tips...but Ugh...I'm not ready yet. 


Sep 22, 2016 10:22 PM #21
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Now, you know this is going to be shared on other social media.  Always good to get these reminders.  Fortunately, I am in full compliance.  Thanks

Sep 23, 2016 03:11 AM #22
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

The biggest chore we have is trimming all the shrubbery!

Sep 23, 2016 12:39 PM #23
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lise Howe - perfect tips as we get into fall.

I am yet to weatherstrip the home - though this time I should do it.

Sep 23, 2016 02:22 PM #24
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Good advice, Lise.  I'm ready for some cool Dallas weather!

Sep 24, 2016 10:27 AM #25
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I love Autumn; but it's sad because I realize "another summer went by" and I didn't get all the things done I wanted to do.  Oh the list is never ending.  I appreciate your list ... I need to find that Honey Do List ... now where is that?  

Sep 24, 2016 11:35 AM #26
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

This isn't just good information, it's necessary for safety too! 

Congratulations on your feature!

Sep 24, 2016 08:05 PM #27
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Patricia Feager - thanks for stopping by.  I try to write blogs that are multi purposed - as we all do - I will be using this one in my enews letter - I am glad it was well received. 

Sep 24, 2016 09:38 PM #28
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