October kicks off the fall season. That means cooler weather, good sales and the beginning of the holiday season. Make sure you're prepared with these five things homeowners should do in October. 

1. Buy Appliances. Typically, appliance manufacturers bring out their latest appliances in the fall. This means that stores offer sales on their current models to clean out their stock. Refrigerators are the exception as new models come out in the spring. If you have an appliance that's on its last leg, then you may want to make that purchase now. 

2. Clean Windows. Get the grime of summer off your windows with a combination of vinegar and dish soap for an eco-friendly solution. Or hire a pro if doing it yourself isn't an option. Winter days mean we have fewer hours of sunlight so we need to take advantage of all the light we can with sparkling clean windows. 

3. Schedule a Heating Unit Tuneup. Getting an annual tuneup on your heater or furnace will help prevent long-term problems with your unit and many companies will guarantee their work through the season. 

4. Schedule a Chimney Inspection. Even if you only occasionally use your fireplace, having an annual chimney inspection will maintain that your chimney is clean and safe the next time you want to enjoy a crackling fire. 

5. Insulate Pipes. Before the temperature gets too cold, remember to insulate your pipes to prevent them from bursting. Remember pipes in the garage and outside, in attics and crawl spaces. If you're not up to the task, hiring a professional can ensure it's done properly. 

Posted by Jeff Sallan on
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