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Autumn is Here! 9 Perfect Tasks for Crisp Weather

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Jessica
09.28.14

Summer unofficially came to a close Labor Day weekend, but there are still a few warm, sunny days left! Take advantage of the mild weather by getting a few important things done around the house. Each of these tasks get pretty unpleasant in extreme heat or cold, so there’s no time like the present!

Here are nine tasks that are perfect to take care of during crisp weather: 

1. Maintain Your Locks

If you can spare five minutes, you can maintain your exterior locks! All you need is some lock lubricant and a cloth. And trust us, cleaning these puppies during the dead of winter is not fun.  

2. Inspect Your Windows

Leaky windows can cost you big bucks once the heat is cranked on, so find out where air is escaping now. This will help save you as much as 30 percent on your heating bills when winter hits.

3. Maintain Your Exterior Doors

When Mother Nature unleashes her winter wrath, your doors get the brunt of the wind, rain and snow. Check to make sure your hardware, weather stripping and finish are up to the challenge. If you do need to make repairs, it’ll be a lot easier now rather than later.

4. Inspect Your Insulation

Winter is coming! Make sure your house is ready by checking out your insulation. By plugging any holes you find, you can save more than 20 percent on your utilities.

5. Maintain Your Walkway

You may not know this, but mold is a common problem with walkways due to shade and moisture. Killing mold in the cold of winter is a hassle, but in nice weather it’s a breeze!

6. Inspect Your Attic

When temperatures drop, humans aren’t the only animals that love the coziness of a warm house. Rodents dig it, too. Take a stroll through your attic now and close up any possible entryways to keep rodents out!

7. Remove Oil Stains.

If your driveway is dotted with oil stains, it’s easiest to clean them up now, before you have to work around leaf piles and snow drifts.

8. Inspect Your Foundation

Take a lap around your house and look down at your home’s foundation. Catching issues like water damage and severe cracking now can save you some serious dough down the road.

9. Clean Your Patio

If you haven’t done the broom dance on your patio or porch since spring, now is a great time to check it off the list.

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