(6) Home Maintenance Projects This Fall

Any change in season is the perfect opportunity to get some maintenance projects checked off your list. To help get you started, check out the following list and begin checking them off one by one.

1. Start with the Grounds

Fall means leaves. There's no getting away from them. For this reason, one of the first projects to tackle this season is: Raking! I know this can sound like a huge chore, but there's always an option to involve the kids and make it fun. I mean, who doesn't love playing in leaves? #amiright

In lieu of raking, you could also just mow over the leaves once a week. According to research, this breaks down the leaves and will provide nutrients to your yard. Whatever you decide, do not just ignore the leaves piling up in your yard as this can lead to an even bigger headache as the days get colder.

2. Focus on Gutters & Downspouts

With the seasons turning a lot wetter, your gutters and downspouts will need to be cleaned. As much as possible, keep them clear of leaves and debris before winter sets in. It's not fun (or cheap) to have to deal with clogged and frozen gutters and downspouts.

3. Have Furnace and/or Chimney Professionally Checked

With temperatures all over the place, it's bound to get colder when furnaces and chimneys are about to get more use. Before putting them through the ringer, have them serviced by a professional. A furnace running in tip-top shape means saving on power consumption.