For many, fall in the Pacific Northwest is the best time of year. The sun is still shining, but crisp evenings mean we can dig out those comfortable blankets and start getting cozy. While we may have a few more 90-degree days ahead of us, days are getting shorter, school is starting, and the weather will begin changing soon enough.

Here are a few things you can do over the next few months to get ready for fall and, eventually, winter. A few simple chores over the next few weeks can help prevent some big issues in the future.

Yard and Garden Tools

Get tools ready for fall/winter weather – don’t have your snow shovel or blower piled under a mountain of other things. Make it easily accessible before you need it. And while you’re at it, get all the spring and summer tools ready for storage.

For example, preparing your lawn mower for the long Winter ahead will save you headaches in the Spring. Adding a fuel stabilizer keeps gas from degrading, which in turn can harm engine parts. Or, to take sitting gas out of the equation, run the mower dry before storing it. It wouldn’t hurt to clean out under the deck, too.

Roof and Gutter Inspection

Inspect your roof closely. Roof repair is much easier in dry conditions than during the first rain storm.

Home Exterior

Other outdoor tips to consider are removing hoses from outdoor faucets and draining the sprinkler systems. Clark County may not reach Michigan type winters, but freezing temperatures do make the occasional appearance. Taking the steps now can prevent frozen water lines in the future.

Fall is also an ideal time to start weatherproofing your home. With a tube or two of exterior caulk, walk the perimeter of your home, looking for cracks in the siding, window trim, door frames, and other areas where cold air might sneak in. It’s better to do that now than in a 50-degree downpour.

Tree Maintenance and Roof Inspection

Finally, keep an eye on your trees – once the last leaf hits the ground, it’s time to clean the gutters. This will happen a little later in the season, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look right now at any gunk accumulated during the summer is already taken care of. And, while you’re up there, take a look at your roof. If you notice any buckling, damaged, or missing shingles, contact a roofer. Roof repair is much easier in dry conditions than during the first rain storm.

With fall fast approaching, now is the time to start preparing the outside of the home for windy, wet, and cold weather. Next time, we’ll discuss steps to take on the interior to make sure you’re warm and cozy all Winter long.

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