It's hard to believe that it's October!!
Not just because the year is flying by, but because I'm wearing shorts and flip flops and was sweating due to heat and humidity while outside at a soccer game yesterday. Y'all.....let's face it...."Fall" here is not exactly like other parts of the country. We don't need to "winterize" our lawnmowers (although it is a good idea to clean it off and empty any gasoline before parking it for the few months that we get a break from mowing). We don't need to stock up on salt to put on our driveways or get our snow shovels out of the shed. Down here we don't need to get emergency supplies in case we lose power - even though we ARE probably well-stocked from hurricane season! Now that we have covered what I'm NOT going to recommend you do, there are a few things that homeowners should consider doing every fall. If you have gutters, clean them out. Pine straw builds up fast and you don't want drainage being blocked. While you're up there, check out your roof. If you notice shingles missing or pulling up, call a local roofer and see if repairs need to be made. If you're like me, as soon as the first chilly night hits you are thinking about a glass of wine by a cozy fire. Don't mind the fact that in two or three days we will probably be back in shorts and realizing it's time for another pedicure (sandals, y'all). BUT before you light that first fire of the year please have your fireplace and chimney cleaned out. Having a cozy fire is wonderful, having a house fire is not. It can be that serious. October is also a great time to pressure wash your porches, driveway, sidewalk and exterior of your home. Over the summer months dirt and grime tend to build up in our hot & humid region... pressure washing is the perfect way to get your house decoration-ready! One last tip - please make sure all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have batteries and are operational. Safety first & Happy "Fall"!!