Fall is right around the corner and you need to make sure you’re prepared. With cooler temperatures and unpredictable weather approaching, now is the time to take care of your home before a potentially minor problem ends up costing you thousands.

Here are 6 things that you need to do to make sure that your home is prepared for the fall weather:

  1. Clean Out Your Gutters – While you’ve been out enjoying the summer weather, your gutters have been slowly filling up with debris and leaves. If you don’t clean them out, your drainage system could malfunction and cause water to seep into your home. Save yourself a repair and clean your gutter!
  2. Check the heating system and change the filters – Before you turn your heater on, check to see if your heating vents are blocked by carpet or furniture, dust your vents and clean out all filters to help prevent unwanted fires in your home.
  3. Seal up your foundation and cracks in your driveway – If you have any cracks in your driveway or foundation, you need to repair them. Water and ice can get in cracks and cause them to become much worse, making for much costlier repairs.
  4. Clean out your fireplace and chimney – If you have a fireplace, make sure to clear out the chimney from debris or have a chimney cleaner take a look at it before you light it up. A blocked chimney can cause your house to fill with smoke, so make sure it’s clean!
  5. Check your house for drafts – Check around windows and doors for drafts and seal them up. Sealing drafts will help to keep your house warm and keep your heating bill low.
  6. Get Energy Saver Lightbulbs outdoor – Fall and winter means less daylight. One big way that you can save money on your electric bill is by replacing outdoor bulbs with Energy Saver bulbs. These save a lot of energy and last for much longer than normal bulbs.

Colder weather is on the way! Using these tips will help you keep your home nice & cozy, save you money on your energy bill and keep your house safe from the unpredictable weather.