We’ve welcomed cooler temps, pumpkins are for sale at Meijer, and football season is in full swing— it’s officially fall in Michigan. After fall comes winter, which means you have a few things you need to take care of before the snow arrives (we won’t think about that too much). Taking care of your home now will set you up for success as the seasons— and elements— change over these coming months.

  1. Clean Your Gutters

    This is crucial to complete before winter weather rolls around. Clogged gutters can potentially lead to interior flooding and exterior damage (neither of which are fun, especially in dwindling temperatures). If your gutters are in need of replacing, fall is a great time to do that as well.

  2. Rake Your Leaves

    You either love or hate raking, but either way, this is a completely necessary outdoor chore! Skip raking your leaves and you could hinder new growth when spring comes. Be sure to check with your city to see when leaf and brush pick-up is scheduled, and then plan your raking accordingly.

  3. Deep Clean Inside

    Deep cleaning your home is a great idea as you start to spend more time indoors. Set aside time to clean those spaces that often get overlooked— wipe down baseboards, move furniture to vacuum, disinfect door handles and light switches, etc. There’s nothing more satisfying than having a clean home to get cozy in!

  4. Move Outdoor Furniture

    Your outdoor furniture wasn’t made for snow. It’s time to accept that the summer season has passed, and move your outdoor furniture indoors— or somewhere covered and safe from the elements. Moving your set up each year will help you extend the life of your outdoor furniture significantly (and let’s be honest here, outdoor furniture isn’t cheap). You’ll also help cut down on the wear-and-tear on your deck!

  5. Fertilize Your Lawn

    Did you know that fall is actually a great time to fertilize your lawn? According to The Family Handyman, “fertilizing in the fall provides energy and nutrients for the grass roots as they multiply in cooler weather before the grass goes dormant.” They suggest fertilizing your lawn about three weeks before your final mow of the season. Check-in with an expert on what fertilizer to use and get ready for a healthier lawn in spring.

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