Prepare Your Home for Fall

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Posted on 25th September 2012 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Homeowner Tips

Cold Weather Home Tips, Energy Efficient, Grand Homes, Preparing Yard for Fall

Fall is officially here!  This means cooler temperatures, rainier weather and lots of debris from trees and bushes going dormant.  We want you and your home to be well prepared all the way through winter, so we’re here to share some tips and tricks you can start crossing off your list now before it’s too late!  These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will ultimately lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

1.) Examine your roof/gutters/downspouts for debris: Your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it.  Clear leaves, dirt, and sticks from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces.  Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms.  Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.

2.) Tune Up Your Heating System: For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage.

3.) Reverse Your Ceiling Fan: If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat.  Energy Star says the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises).  This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings — and it might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings. (more…)

Home Lawn Care for the Fall

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Posted on 8th October 2010 by Grand Homes in Homebuyer Tips |Homeowner Tips

Fall Lawn Care, Grand Homes, Preparing Yard for Fall

Grand Homes - Fall Lawn Care
The heat of summer has come to an end and cool weather is approaching. Although fall may mark the end of routine mowing, it’s the best time of the year for lawn care.

Fall is the most important time of the year for strengthening lawns and preparing them for the harsh temperatures of winter. It is also best time of the year for fertilization, cultivation, establishing a new lawn, and renovation of poor quality yards.

The cool weather signals the ideal time to plant your trees and shrubs. Plan ahead for next year by planting your spring flowering bulbs now, such as tulips and daffodils in October.

As the leaves begin to fall, make sure to keep them raked or picked up, to avoid forming a wet blanket that will smother your yard and inviting disease.

As long as your yard is still growing, continue mowing. Make sure to do a little mower maintenance before you store it away for the winter. If your yard is still growing, be sure to continue to water.

Keep up with your lawn care throughout the fall, and you’ll have an exceptional looking yard come spring!

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