As cool air descends upon us, we are all in the spirit of fall cleanups.   Today, guest blogger Clara Beaufort shares practical ways to do this for your home.

Fall is a beautiful time of year for much of the country, but it usually comes with colder nights and a long list of to-dos around the house and lawn. Making sure your home is weather-proofed is a great way to not only ensure you and your family stay warm and cozy, it will also keep your utility costs down when the temperatures drop.  It’s also a good idea to make sure your garden and lawn are well tended, especially if you plan on doing any landscaping come spring. With a little planning and some preparation, you can get your home ready for cooler weather and save money at the same time.

Here are a 5 great tips to get started:

Check your fireplace

If you plan on using your fireplace come fall and winter, have it checked out and cleaned well to avoid any issues down the road. Chimneys can become clogged with soot and debris, which can lead to backed-up smoke and fires that can do a lot of damage to your home. Call a professional to come in and make sure it’s ready to go for the season.

You’ll also want someone to have a look at your furnace and air ducts to make sure everything is working properly before you’ll be using it daily.

Fix up the windows

Before the weather gets too cold, it’s a good idea to check all the windows in your home to make sure they aren’t letting heat escape. If you can feel a draft around them–or around doors–don’t worry, there’s an easy fix: caulk will seal up the cracks and keep the warm air in, saving you money each month on your heating bill. For more maintenance ideas, Redfin.com has put together an extremely helpful checklist of things you might want to take care of around the outside of your home.

You can also fill tube socks with rice or beans and use them to cover up any wide gaps between doors and the floor, which will keep those drafts at bay.

Plant your bulbs

It may seem early, but gardeners know that fall is the best time to prepare for spring. Get your spring-blooming bulbs out and plant them in a well-tilled and fertilized garden or flowerbed so they’ll pop up healthy and vibrant once the air gets warmer. Look for lilies, tulips, daffodils, and irises, as these are wonderful spring plants. Popularmechanics.com has even more great tips on how to get your lawn ready for fall.

Clean your gutters

Making sure the gutters and roof of your home are in good shape is the best way to prevent nasty surprises when the weather gets cold. Clean out the gutters and make sure there are no leaves or debris clogging them; ensure they’re in good shape and aren’t sagging, as well. The roof should have sturdy shingles with no gaps; look for missing nails or shingles that are chipped or broken.

Get your bedding ready

Your fall and winter bedding should be a bit warmer than what you use in the summer; flannel sheets and down comforters are great choices, but if they’ve been sitting in your linen closet for months, it might be a good idea to get them out and have them cleaned and ready to go.

Fall can be a cozy time of year, full of hearty soups, fuzzy blankets, and hot tea. But before you get too comfortable, remember that your home needs taken care of too. Making sure everything is ready for cool weather will not only save you money and heartache, it will give you peace of mind as well.

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