It’s hard to believe it, but summer is over. The official first day of fall started on September 22, so now is a great time to ready your Huntington Beach home for the fall. While we don’t experience the swinging temperature changes that are common in other parts of the country, there are still some projects you can tackle now before the sky begins to darken and the mercury drops. Here are some tips!
Examine Your Roof/Gutters/Downspouts for Debris: The roof is one of the most forgotten places in the home because it’s out of sight! But it’s important to clear leaves, dirt, and other debris from your gutters and downspouts so they work properly when it begins to rain. While you’re up there, make sure any skylights are clean and secure.
Prepare Your Fireplace: There’s nothing better than having a fire at your Huntington Beach home on a cool fall evening. Now is a great time to get your fireplace in good working order. Start by discarding old ashes, and open up the damper to get fresh air moving through the chimney. If you need a professional chimney sweep to come in and clean things up, now is a great time to make an appointment.
Check Windows and Doors for Drafts: This is especially important if you own a Huntington Beach home near the beach. While we don’t get sub-zero temps, it does get windy. And if your windows and doors aren’t sealed properly, that draft could be inviting itself inside. Open the windows in your home to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition, and replace it if needed.
Service Your Garden Power Tools: Many people don’t realize it, but like bears, your grass takes a bit of a nap during the cooler months. It has a dormant stage, and once you see that beginning, consider taking in your lawnmower, trimmer and other garden power tools for a tune-up. After working hard during the summer, they could use a professional blade sharpening. And if you’re in the market for new garden tools, you can often find amazing deals in the fall.
There are so many reasons to consider becoming a Huntington Beach home owner. For assistance with your local real estate needs, please contact me.