With fall just around the corner and the temperatures beginning to drop, you’ll want to consider making some changes in order to prepare properly for the season. Since it’s not cold out yet, now is the best time to get everything done so you can rest easy once the freezing temperatures hit!

Here are some of the best ways prepare for fall:

  • Get a flu shot. Fall and winter are the seasons when people most frequently get the flu according to the CDC, so it’s best to get your flu shot as soon as possible. Pharmacies know how unpleasant flu shots are to get, so many of them offer free shots as well as in-store coupons for getting it done.
  • Clean the gutters and remove any leaves or sticks you find. This is essential when you prepare for fall as it will save you time down the line when more leaves come.
  • Check for air leaks around windows, doors, or any other area of the house that could potentially let air in. If you detect a breeze, make sure to get any cracks sealed before it gets too cold out!
  • Get out your coats and jackets! Make sure they still fit and that they don’t have any signs of wear and tear; you definitely don’t want to get caught in cold weather and find out too late that your jacket has holes in it.
  • Either clean out your furnace with a vacuum yourself or hire professionals to get the job done for you. Also, dust off any vents or filters for your heating system as I’m sure you haven’t used them in a while…
  • Invest in lighting for your property since fall and winter have less daylight than summertime. This is important for your own visibility, but it also deters burglars.
  • Speaking of lighting, check your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and emergency flashers on your car to ensure they’re working properly. Also, consider buying some replacement bulbs to put in your trunk just in case a light goes out while you’re driving.
  • Clear out a place to store your summer items. If you have window air conditioning units, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll need them once it hits freezing temperatures; stow them away as this will also help with any potential window leakage.
  • Watch your speed when driving. This applies year-round, but it’s especially important to be cautious and watch out for deer in the road as fall is their mating season.


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