Here is a list of fun things to do to enjoy the beautiful crisp fall air with family and friends…
- Enjoy a bonfire with all the tree limbs you picked up from around the yard. What a good excuse to have friends over for some fun!
- Go apple picking. Make sure to enjoy some warm apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Another excuse to have friends over!
- Grab some friends and go hiking. The best views are from the top of that mountain!
- Get lost in a corn maze or go for a hayride. We are all still kids inside!
- Bundle up and go to a football game.
- Enjoy a caramel apple, apple pie, hot apple cider or warm pumpkin soup.
- Go pick out a pumpkin and have a pumpkin carving party. It is so much fun to see what everyone comes up with. Toast the pumpkin seeds with salt, pepper and garlic. Mmmmmmm….
- Go to a fall festival.
- Visit a haunted house. Who doesn’t like a good scare?
- Breathe in the cool, crisp air and have fun jumping into a pile of leaves!
As the air cools… it is time to prepare for the approaching winter months…
- Get the storm windows in before the snow flies.
- Have your furnace cleaned and test it to make sure it is running smoothly before you need it.
- Order your wood, pellets and propane for the stoves.
- Roll up the hose and disconnect from the home. Cover the lawn furniture and empty the gas from lawn mowers.
- Clean the air conditioners and cover for winter. If you have a heat pump, clean the filters. If you have had the unit for more than a year, have a technician check the unit while he is there cleaning the furnace.
- Make sure to have the chimney cleaned.
- Insulate any exposed pipes and insulate anywhere where you feel drafts, especially around doors and windows.
- Check your roof for any loose or missing shingles. It is much easier to fix now than when there is a foot of snow.
- Seal the deck to help extend the life of it.
- Empty all water fountain displays.
- Make sure the gutters are clean of debris.
- Trim back all overhanging tree branches that could break and cause damage when overloaded with snow or ice.
- Check your snowblower for efficiency. Have snow shovels, rock salt and scrapers ready.
- If power outages are an issue in your area during the winter months, you may consider having a generator. If you have a generator, they should be started monthly to ensure efficiency.
- In case of power outages, store extra water and canned foods for you and your pets.
Helpful tip: If you have a child entering college soon, you will need to keep in mind their insurance needs as well. If they are living off campus, they will need renters insurance of their own.