A Home’s First Fall

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With its cooling temperatures and colorful leaves, fall is many homeowners’ favorite time of year! Of course, this is also a busy season, when homeowners must prepare their property for winter. If this is your first fall in your new home, there are a few key things you’ll need to figure out.

Ladder or Height Extension

Cleaning out the gutters is one of the most important fall maintenance tasks. Otherwise, excessive leaf buildup can lead to clogs, ice dams, and other problems. If you don’t have gutter guards to keep leaves and debris out of the gutters, however, you need a plan to reach them for fall cleaning. A sturdy ladder or lift is essential for fall home care.

Storing Equipment

As the weather changes, you’ll need a place to store the equipment you won’t be using in the months ahead, like lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. Because of this, many Capstone Custom Homes customers consider incorporating additional storage for their landscaping equipment into their home design. Additional storage spaces or structures will protect your equipment from those tough Ohio winters.

Leaf Removal

More and more agencies are discouraging leaf burning — so homeowners must carefully consider how they’ll get rid of fallen leaves. In a city, your local municipality might administer leaf removal. In rural areas, however, homeowners are typically responsible for mulching, removing, or dumping leaves on their own. That being said, if you own woods or fields behind your home, you could blow leaves into these natural areas, where they will decompose and add nutrients into the soil.

While fall can be a busy time, some basic preparation will help you better manage your chores and get everything ready for winter — while still having leftover time for fun with the family.