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In The Know: Home Maintenance for Fall
Cooler temperatures are just around the corner, which means it is time to start thinking about getting your home ready for fall weather.
The experts list cleaning gutters and downspouts and inspecting your roof and chimney for cracks and damage as among the top tasks for fall maintenance.
Raking leaves and disposing them is, of course, a seasonal chore but so should be removing your garden hose from spigots and draining the hose so it can be stored inside. And make sure the spigot is tightly shut.
Make sure your windows are tight and storm windows are in place and store outdoor furniture for the winter. If you have a snow blower, get it serviced.
Inside the house, don’t forget to replace the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set your clocks back. Replace your furnace filters and perhaps get the furnace inspected and serviced, if necessary.
In The Know: Trends in Outdoor Living and Entertainment
Remember drive-in theaters? Watching movies outside? It was fun, and a great tradition to bring back to your own home.
One of the hottest trends in outdoor living and entertainment this year is setting up a theater in your own backyard. Find a large screen, some nice speakers, a projector and there you go, says home expert Bob Vila. You can even find the complete sets for such a project all ready to just set up and enjoy, if you don’t mind spending a few dollars to get the experience.
Another hot trend is what people are calling “foodscaping.” Sorry, but that’s just a fancy term for gardening. Whatever you want to call it, growing your own vegetables in a space set aside in your yard is in again this year.
Also hot, or cool if you prefer, is the outdoor shower. Imagine coming home from a workout and being able to step into a refreshing shower before going in the house. You can even find kits for these at many DIY stores. As refreshing and less expensive than a pool!
Because it’s easy to find nice-looking patio furniture in all-weather material, why not turn your outdoor space into another room of your house? Bob Vila says the trend is bringing the indoors out, rather than the opposite.