Get a start on fall "spring cleaning". Look at Checklist
By Donna Gurfolino
(Long & Foster Real Estate)
Time to come inside for winter! Outside the house, tend to these autumn chores:Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, children's summer toys. Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime bare wood first. Check caulk around windows and doors. Follow manufacturer's recommendations to re-caulk if needed. Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Install weather-stripping, door thresholds if needed. Wash exterior windows. Drain and store garden hoses. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. In hard-freeze areas, have sprinkler systems blown free of water. Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary. In cold-weather areas, consider installing heating cable to prevent ice dams. Have chimneys and fl...