Small Autumn Fixes for Big Rewards


I love that the weather is getting cooler and we are seeing the temperatures drop into the thirties.  That means it’s time to do a little fall maintenance around the house to prepare for the long winter.  Even if you don’t live “Up North”, these small fixes can make for a much more relaxing winter and spring.

  • Spring and summer can be tough on flooring.  Now is the perfect time to have your carpets cleaned for quick drying.
  • Check and repair any issues that have occurred over the summer with your roof or rain gutters.  No one wants to have someone on the roof in January.  Well, not in Minnesota anyway!  Remove leaves and debris from the gutters and check downspouts.
  • Weatherize your windows and doors by applying or re-applying weather stripping to keep the heat in this winter.
  • Touch-up any paint that is in need of help inside or out.  Now is the time to spruce up stale colors inside.  For a small amount of money you can get a great return on your investment.  And with cooler temps and lower humidity, you can open up windows to hasten the drying process.


  • Make sure to rake up the leaves and aerate your yard before the snow flies.  If you have a garden, turn that over and winterize that as well to save a little time and effort in the spring.  Double check shrubs and bushes for last minute trimmings before their winter sleep.
  • Have your furnace checked and cleaned.  This should be done by a professional, and it’s worth it.  If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, now is the time to install one.  This can be a DIY project, or inquire with your furnace guy.
  • It used to be a nightmare, but nowadays many ovens are self-cleaning.  Give yourself a break and clean your oven while you can still air out your kitchen!  Scrub up the stovetop and hood also.  If you’re really feeling adventurous, tackle the fridge and freezer.  You will be very thankful come holiday time.
  • Pick a rainy day and clean out closets and dressers.  Kids are notorious for packing away stuff.  This is a great time to teach them about philanthropy by making a big donation when you’re done.  This is also the best way to prepare and store summer clothing for next year and make room for heavier winter wear.
  • And of course, especially for us up here, check over and tune up the old snow blower.  Winterize your lawn mower and weed trimmer for next year.  A little TLC in the fall goes a long way next spring!

John Deere


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