Tip of the week

Although the cooler months of the fall season might seem like a distant thought as we go about our lives during the dog days of summer, it won't be long before the leaves are turning color and we are enjoying the cooler weather. As we adjust to the new season, now is a good time to get your home prepared for the fall as well. Here are a few tips to get your house ready for fall, according to hgtv.com:

Bedding: Take out down comforters, cotton sheets, knits and shake them out. Be sure to wash bedding items and store ethic in a convenient closet for easy access on chilly nights. Fireplace/chimney: Schedule a chimney cleaning to avoid chimney fires when you go to start the first fire of the season. For the fireplace, you can use a homemade or store-bought cleaner to scrub the fireplace down. Stock up on firewood: Starting a wood pile now will save you the time and trouble as the temperatures cool down. You can make a firewood rack or buy one to place in a convenient location to carry the wood inside when needed. Furnace/Boiler: Whether your house has a furnace or boiler, get it inspected to make sure things will run smoothly when you turn it on. Be sure to change the filers on the furnace regularly the fall and winter. Fall/winter toolbox: Organize the tools you will need for the upcoming weather changes. Place the tools in an easy accessible location. For fall: leaf blower, broom, rake, gardening tools. For winter: ice scraper, ice salts, snow shovel, snow blower.

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Gardening

Planting garlic

Garlic is one of the easiest kitchen ingredients you can grow in your own garden. Fall is traditionally the best time to plant garlic. A rule of thumb some gardeners use is to not plant garlic until after the autumnal equinox in late September. A member of the Allium family, garlic is sensitive to day length and planting in the fall allows the garlic to get a head start on the growing season. Well-drained, rich soil with a pH of 6.4-6.8 produce the biggest bulbs.

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Home selling

Listing photos

It's never been more important to have great photos of your house if you are looking to sell. According to a National Association of Realtors' 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 44% of recent buyers starter their search online, and 87% of those found listing photos very useful in their search. Sellers should post at least 30 photos of their home, inside and out. Hiring a professional photographer can also attract more buyers and is often free for home sellers as part of marketing the property.

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Home renovation

Update light bulbs

If you are caught in a cycle of buying the same replacement bulbs without thinking about, you might be missing out on saving some money. By switching all the light bulbs across the house to LED bulbs, a typical home save about $1,000 over a 10-year period, according to the Consumer Federation of America. LED lights last 25 times longer and use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.

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