[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When the nights get chilly and the pumpkin spice latte is back, that can only mean one thing. It’s time to do fall home maintenance. Take a weekend and use it as an excuse for donuts. You’ll rest assured all winter.

  1. Seal your windows. A lot of energy is lost around windows and doors. Did you know you can get a free energy assessment from Duke Energy? If you’re not up for scheduling that service, you could alternatively seal any air leaks that you notice, or seal up old windows for the season.
  2. Repair caulking. Cracked caulking can be repaired fairly easily by scraping out the old caulk with a blade and installing a new strip of caulk.
  3. Check you weather-stripping. Inspect the inside of door frames for damaged weather stripping. Weather stripping can come with an adhesive backing and costs merely a few dollars. But replacing damaged weather stripping could save tens of dollars each month so it’s worthwhile to check into this.
  4. Vacuum upholstered furniture and drapes. It’s one of those things we can all remember our mothers and grandmothers doing, but never seem to remember it’s up to us. Try to vacuum these pieces the next time you pull out the vacuum since it’s that time of year.
  5. Window washing. When you’re doing the drapes, it’s a great time to get the interior sides of your windows. Feel free to reach out to me if you need the name of a good window cleaning professional who can also address the exterior of your windows.
  6. Spot clean carpets and furniture. Fall is a great time to do a yearly spot clean any stains on carpets or furniture. Remember to do a test spot clean on the corner first before cleaning a stain that is in the center of a piece.

If you’re having a hard time getting going, here’s a list of donuts you can get first: chocolate glazed, Boston cream, cinnamon sugar, toasted coconut, jelly, cake, sprinkles. Donuts and fall chores go together like pumpkin spice and lattes.