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Fall Home Prep Checklist

Fall is here and it's the perfect opportunity to prepare your home for the cold months ahead before the winter weather arrives. Tackle those to-dos that pile up throughout the year by making a Fall Home Prep Checklist to keep you on track. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Safety First

  • Make this season a safe one by testing and replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO2 alarms.
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit in case of bad weather or prolonged power outages. An emergency preparedness kit can include:
      • Medications for yourself or family members
      • Matches, flashlights, pocket knife, and whistle
      • Non-perishable food items and clean drinking water
      • Warm clothing and blankets
    • Don't forget pets! Make sure to include your pet's needs such as food or medicine when developing your emergency preparedness kit.
  • If you have a fireplace or chimney, now is the time to clean and inspect the flue! 

Heating & Cooling

    • Don't get caught in the cold! Now is the time to make sure your heating and cooling systems are in top-notch shape before the winter freeze. 
    • Southern States offers reliable propane delivery, service, and equipment for your home or business so you'll never have to worry about home heating.

Gutter Cleanup

  • Once the trees have shed their leaves, use this opportunity to clean those gutters! Clogged gutters can lead to a number of problems for your home's foundation as well as your lawn. Take the season between summer storms and winter white-outs to clean the gutters and inspect for any damage that may have occurred throughout the year.

Outdoor Furniture & Garden Tools

  • While fall can be a wonderful time to enjoy your garden or outdoor space, as the season draws to a close, be sure to clean and store patio furniture and garden supplies so they'll be ready to go next year!
  • If you need to replace any lawn or garden tools that have worn out or been damaged, Southern States has you covered. 
  • Winter weather can also require its own set of equipment! Fall is the perfect time to test snow blowers and other winter tools before they're needed.

Weather-proof doors + windows

  • Keep out pesky drafts by weather-proofing doors and windows. Weatherstripping is an easy and cost-effective way to improve your home's heating efficiency.
    • Pro tip: To check if you have a draft issue, close a door or window on a strip of paper. If the paper slides easily, you need to update your weatherstripping.

Spring cleaning gets all the hype, but taking time to prepare your home before the cold arrives means you'll be prepared all winter long.

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