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12 tips for getting a home ready for fall

image of getting your home ready for fallAs the days become shorter and the temperatures dip lower (at least in other parts of the country), you might want to have a look at my tips for getting a home ready for fall. Taking care of the little things now can make a big difference this fall and winter. Here are my 12 tips:
1)  Clean your gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
2)  Seal gaps and cracks. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
3)  Inspect your roof. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
4)  Repair sidewalks and driveways. Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
5)  Get ready for the chilly evenings in Santa Barbara. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
6)  Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
7)   Inspect your furnace. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
8)   Inspect your fireplace. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build- up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney gutter
9)   Clean your humidifier. With our perfect weather in Santa Barbara, we don’t necessarily need a humidifier however, if you use one,clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.
10)  Inspect gas heaters. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.
11)  Inspect any wood stoves. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
12)  Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.
Another tip on making your home ready for the fall season is to bring some warmth inside. It’s easy. Just check out these fall color schemes from Better Homes and Gardens to learn how easy it is to fill your home with autumn’s brilliant reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. While you’re on the Internet, please take a moment to like me on Facebook, and join my circles on google+. Be sure to also check out my comprehensive website. For any information regarding luxury homes in Montecito, Hope Ranch or Santa Barbara call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at I’ll be happy to share my personal, local contacts that can help you get your house ready for fall.

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