- Make sure your children as well as yourself have updated immunizations.
- Have your chimney cleaned, especially if you use the fireplace often during the winter.
- Clean out the gutters on your home prior to the first big rain storm.
- Plant fall bulbs, trees and vegetables.
- Prune shrubs, trees and roses.
- Get your garden ready for winter.
- Make sure your alternative source of heat (ie: kerosene heater or other) is ready for use.
- Check all of the smoke detectors in your home.
- Inventory, stock, and rotate stored food.
- Change out your stored water.
- Visit "shoulder season" attractions (zoo, tourists destinations) once the tourists have gone home.
- Make a fall exercise plan so you can continue with all of the progress you made this summer (ie: consider indoor exercise opportunities).
- Powerwash the roof, decks, driveway and walkways.
- Make any needed exterior repairs.
- Clean and organize the garage and get any winter equipment (skis, snowblower) ready for use.
- Have your furnace serviced/tuned up/cleaned.
- Sign up for a class at the local community college.
- Clean up/repair/prep for storage all summer items (boat, jet skis, camp stove, tools) that won't be used again until next summer.
- Weatherize your home if needed (add extra insulation, caulk, weatherstrip).
- Get your car ready for winter--have it tuned up, the oil changed, rotate the tires and ensure that you have the correct snow tires/chains on hand for your vehicle.
- Give yourself a major four month (September to December) challenge: pay off a debt, become fluent in a language, pay off a big debt, etc.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Basic Fall Preparedness Checklist
Summer is quickly winding down. Here are a number of items that will require your attention this fall.