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Summer is coming to a close. The temperatures decrease, the leaves increase, and your evenings of fun get cut shorter and shorter. With fall approaching, the yard work and home prep required to get things ready seem endless. These simple tips will help you stay organized as the season shifts.

Fun to Play But Packed Away

Now that summer is over, you’ll have to find a place to keep all of your games, supplies and equipment for the following year. Rather than use up precious space in your garage or shed, consider renting a self storage unit in your neighborhood. With varying sizes and pricing options, finding one that will fit within your budget won’t be difficult.

Pool Winterizing Tips

It’s important that you begin winterizing your pool at least a week prior to the final shut down. Brush and vacuum to remove debris, then manage your water level and pool chemistry. Your pool should be shocked and chlorinated, and your filter backwashed. Drain the pool and add antifreeze (if necessary), and include an air pillow. Place a weatherproof cover and seal up for the following year. Some experts recommend continuing to monitor the chemicals monthly.

Getting the Yard Ready

Autumn is the best time to prep your yard for the following spring. Clean out the remains of old annuals and cut your lawn a half an inch lower than you typically would. Plant bulbs for tulips, daffodils or other similar flowers in loose, nutrient filled soil. Feed and aerate the grass (by raking) and tear out the weeds.

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”
— Rudyard Kipling

Exterior Maintenance

With the colder months approaching, it’s good to check over the exterior of your property to ensure there are no potential hazards that may arise over the coming months. Cleaning out your gutters, having your furnace inspected, and hiring someone to come and clean your chimney are just a few things that are worth tending to.

English Novelist MaryAnn Evans (best known by her pen name George Eliot) once said, “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

Though it’s sad to see the summer months slip by, autumn brings a sense of warmth and family that brightens the whole year through. By following these simple storage and preparation tips to get your home ready, you will be certain to enjoy all that autumn has to bring. Fireplaces, pumpkins, and beautiful scenery galore… Oh Autumn, we are ready for you!