What Household Chores Top Your September Shortlist?

David Deem

By John Voket

The transition period between summer and fall is the perfect time to begin planning priority chores around the house before buttoning down for winter. There is no shortage of advice on what to do, and how to accomplish the most important "September shortlist" things around the house and yard.

According to Clean-Organized-Family-Home.com, chores to keep you on track this month include: 
- Cleaning heat ducts and registers, and replacing air filters.

- Patio furniture cleaning before you bring it inside and store it for the winter.

- Line up chimney sweep cleaning services now before they’re all booked.

- Order firewood and stack it away from the house to prevent pest infestation.

Over at mrhandyman.com, homeowners are directed to accomplish energy-saving items, including:

- Insulating your hot water heater with a new or replacement fiberglass insulation blanket..

- Preventing energy leaks from electrical outlets by installing foam gaskets behind them.

- Repairing window caulk if you see brittle, cracked or separated caulk.

At safewise.com, Kaz Weida says September is the time to:

- Walk around the perimeter of your home and give any unsightly spots a touch-up of exterior paint.

- Clear debris from gutters to avoid ice dams that can cause interior leaks and damage the exterior of your home.

- Inspect your roof to spot problems and fasten any loose shingles.

- Ensure your furnace is working properly and get it inspected and/or serviced by a professional.

And if you’re afraid you’ll fail to get a handle on your tasks, Weida says just schedule one per week on your calendar so September doesn’t get away from you.



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