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How a Fall Checklist Can Save You Headaches This Winter

 The Michael LaFido Home Selling Team is a big proponent of creating a fall checklist to protect your home from some of the problems the cold weather can cause. Here's how you can prepare for the cold weather just around the corner:
  • Clean your gutters: Make sure there is no mud built up and no leaves blocking the downspouts. You want to make sure there aren't clogs in your gutter system when the first freeze comes, as this can cause some expensive water damage down the road.
  • Check your walkways and driveway: Make sure there is no damage to these areas that may cause problems in the winter. They won't be easily fixed once the cold comes.
  • Chill out: This is shorthand our team uses to refer to the waterways that may freeze in the winter. Drain your outdoor faucets, irrigation systems, and sprinklers. The first freezing is going to be here before you know it, and you don't want to have any costly problems occur.
  • Keep your humidifier humming: Clean the plates and pads to ensure it is running efficiently.
  • Clean out your fireplace: Especially if you have a wood burning fireplace, you'll want to ensure it's clean and ready to go by the first freeze. Make sure there aren't any nests or other items that may catch fire.
  • Check your safety systems. Make sure things like your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors have fully charged batteries to keep you and your family safe this winter.
Take care of this checklist and you can rest assured that your home will be protected during the cold months. If you want to make some repairs before the winter months, we have people to refer for any home project you can think of. From painters to plumbers, contractors to landscapers - we're here to make sure your home is always in its best condition!

If you have any questions about our Chicagoland market, or real estate in general, give us a call or shoot us an email. Your number one real estate resource always loves to hear from you!

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