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.
  • 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.

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