fall-house-e1410287548221The leaves are changing, there’s a chill in the air, and football season is in full swing; you know what that means, it’s fall!

Fall is the perfect time to get all of your house maintenance and winter preparation tasks complete. It’s the best time to take advantage of the cool weather to repair any damages before the first frost sets in.

Here are a couple useful tips to help get you and your home ready for winter:

Check windows and doors. This is the easiest way to save on winter energy bills and keep your house from getting too cold. Make sure there are no cracks, leaks or air coming through the sills or door frames.

Clean you heating and air conditioning units. Having your air conditioner and heater units cleaned twice a year — in spring and fall — will help expand the life of your units.

Check your fireplace. Do a visual inspection of your fireplace to make sure that it is in good condition. Plus, make sure to give it a test run before it gets too cold to ensure that it will be functioning in the winter.

Check your roof. When maintaining your home it is important to start from the top down. Carefully take a look at your roof to see if there are any missing shingles or holes, and make sure your gutters are clear of leaves, sticks and other debris.

Join The Pumpkin Spice Craze Once it starts getting cold out, you’ll need something to warm up! The Pumpkin Spice Latte is a beloved fall treat at national coffee shops, but did you know you can make it at home? Our friends at the Food Network share this wonderful recipe:


psl1 cup milk
2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
Sweetened whipped cream, for serving



Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds. Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.


With these 4 fall maintenance tips and delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe you should be set for whatever fall and winter has in store! 068i0000001KkIJ