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September Home Checklist

September is a time of transition. The kids head back to school. There’s a crispness in the air. And you slowly ease back into a routine after enjoying those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Take your home into the new season with September’s home checklist.

Chimney and furnace maintenance.

While you may not even want to consider using the chimney and furnace just yet, now’s the time to make sure your fireplace and heating system are clean and ready to go.

Tip on firewood: If you plan on ordering a batch of firewood, don’t store the pile directly against the exterior of your home as this will encourage pests. Pile firewood away from your home in a protected and covered area.

Weather stripping.

Weather stripping is an effective way to keep heat in and cut down on drafts throughout your home. Inspect those areas where you’ve already applied weather stripping to see if any minor fixes need to be made.

Create a designated study space.

Select an area in the home for kids to study, do their homework and read. A clean, organized and comfortable space away from any noise and distractions is ideal. There may be a small wasted space in your home that could make the perfect study nook.

Layers.

While we’re sad to see summer go, we love the rich textures and cozy fabrics associated with autumn. You may not be transitioning away from lightweight bedding just yet, but start adding layers with soft throws, pillows and accent rugs. Thicker curtains are also a great way to transition from summer to fall and will give your home an added warmth.

Purge.

Summer clothing, sports equipment and certain yard tools will soon be stored away until next year. Make room for any fall purchases by going through those items that have worn down throughout the last few months and discard or donate items which will be of no use to you when next summer rolls around.

Trim tree limbs.

Trim tree limbs around the roof and chimney to prevent fires and avoid any damage from branches scraping against your home. Keeping branches a good distance from the home may also cut down on leaves and debris filling rain gutters.

Check fire extinguishers.

Ensure fire extinguishers are in good working order. Fire extinguishers should be easily visible and not blocked by other objects. Fire extinguishers have an expiry date, so check to make sure yours is up-to-date.

Tackle our top to-dos now to ensure a smooth transition into the new season. For more autumn inspiration, check out iloverenovations.ca.

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