There’s no doubt that fall is upon us in Alaska! The summer temperatures are gone, the mornings are brisk and the leaves are beginning to turn. You may have started decorating your home for the season, setting out pumpkins, filling your candy bowl and preparing for trick-or-treaters, but there are many other tasks to cross off of your list to fully prepare for the Alaskan winter ahead.
Fix any cracks in concrete
Whether on your patio, pathways or driveway, cracks in the cement can cause major issues during the colder months, leading to even more cracking. Before the temperatures dip too low, take the time to repair cracks in the concrete or asphalt around your Alaskan home.
Clean out your gutters
During the fall season, leaves and debris can take up residence in your home’s gutters, making it impossible for rain and other precipitation to properly drain and route away from your property. Clean your gutters to avoid issues with rodent infestation, leaks into your home’s interior or basement, and in the winter, ice dams. After you’ve done so, you can even run a hose through them to ensure they are adequately cleared.
Store outdoor furniture and tools
If you still have a hose attached to your home, patio furniture still in place and gardening tools still at the ready, it’s time to put them away for the season. Clean all of them thoroughly to avoid rust and make sure they are ready for next year before placing them in their designated areas for storage.
Inspect your HVAC system
Have you touched your thermostat yet? If not, we certainly will in the coming weeks! Your furnace and chimney will be seeing a lot of use this fall and winter, so make an appointment to have your HVAC system inspected. Change your furnace filter and if you have a fireplace, hire a professional to properly clean your chimney to avoid fire.
Amp up your lighting
With daylight hours getting shorter, it’s time to bring as much light as possible both into and outside of your Anchorage area home. Replace any dim light bulbs with fresh ones, clean all windows and blinds, consider bringing in more lamps to darker spaces and outside, you may even want to add pathway lighting or exterior sconces to light the way during the next few months.
We wish you a happy fall season in Alaska and as always, do not hesitate to reach out to Northern Edge Real Estate with any questions you have about buying or selling a home in Anchorage, Wasilla, Chugiak, Girdwood or the others areas of the Mat-Su Valley.
We look forward to hearing from you!