Fall is in full swing here in Oakland County, Michigan! While fall is best known for amazing weather, foliage, and fun autumn-themed activities (think apple picking and pumpkin patches), it’s also the perfect time to get your home ready for winter.

But which tasks do you need to knock off your home maintenance to-do list in the fall to make sure your property is ready for the winter?

recent article from realtor.com outlined key maintenance tasks homeowners should plan to tackle during the fall season, including:

  • Check your home’s insulation. Without proper insulation, heat can escape your home—and as temperatures drop in fall and winter, your home’s heating system will have to work harder to keep your home nice and warm, which can drive up costs. Before it gets too chilly outside, make sure to get your home’s insulation checked out—and, if necessary, replace or upgrade the insulation to ensure your home is properly insulated come winter.
  • Trim the trees. Trimming your trees is a chore—but if you don’t do it before winter (and winter winds, snow, and storms hit), those dead branches can cause damage to your home and property. Before winter winds and storms hit, make sure to trim your trees; if the branches are low enough, you can DIY the trimming—but if you have tall trees that need trimming, definitely consider calling in a professional to help.
  • Prepare for power outages. Power outages are never fun—but they’re especially not fun in the dead of winter. If you live in an area that’s prone to winter storms, you may want to consider investing in a back-up generator; that way, you can ensure you’ll have power when you need it—even when challenging winter weather takes down the power lines.

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