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Let’s Get Ready For Fall

By September 29, 2015May 21st, 2020Insurance


While it may not feel like it yet, Fall has arrived. In the coming weeks we’ll begin to feel the weather start to change, and we’ll gradually begin to start using the heat. While it’s easy to get caught up with the seasons changing, and pumpkin spice lattes the beginning of fall is also a good time to get your house and vehicles ready for the winter. Here at Emerge Insurance we want to provide you with a to do list to get you ready for winter, and prevent costly repairs to your home and vehicles. 

Let’s start on the outside of your home. Here are some steps to consider.

  • Check your gutter. You’ll need to do this now, and once again after the leaves have fallen. This is an important step because clogged gutters can cause water to spill onto the ground, which can cause damage to the foundation of your home.
  • Check the roof, too. While you’re up there it’s also a good idea to check the roof to make sure you don’t have damaged of missing shingles.
  • Look around the house. Make sure to look for cracks in your driveway and sidewalks. 
  • Lawn order.  This is the time to prepare your lawn for next year. Re-seed, aerate, and fertilize to get your yard ready for next year.
  • Make some decisions. As the season continues decisions will need to be made regarding patio furniture, gas grills, and other outdoor equipment. Make sure to take them indoors to avoid winter damage. It’s also a good idea to drain the gas from your lawnmower before you store it for the year.

Now let’s go indoors

  • Change it up. Have your heating system serviced. Make sure to replace all the dirty filters in your system, this will boost the systems efficiency and give you cleaner air.  It’s also a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke detector.
  • Seal windows and doors. As it gets colder you want to make sure you aren’t letting cold air in, and warm air out because of leaky windows and doors.

Time to focus on that car.

  • Test the heater and defroster.  Foggy windows can happen often during this time of the year, so it’s a good idea to make sure they work now. 
  • The wipers, too. If you’re like me you often turn on the windshield wipers to help the defroster. If you’re seeing streaks it’s time to get some new wiper blades.
  • Under pressure. Make sure to keep an eye on your vehicles tire pressure. Cold weather can cause slight deflation in your tires, and adding air will cost a fraction of what it costs to replace a flat.