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Now that school is back in and Labor Day is behind us, it’s a straight away dash to fall. High school and college football begin and weekends are made for tailgating.

Add in the impending holiday rush between Halloween and New Year’s Day, and time, like the sunlight, grows shorter and shorter. So, while it’s still warm and you’re not trick-or-treating or buying gifts, give your house a quick fall check-up.

1. Steam clean carpets. Get the summer’s grape juice stains and footwear traffic out of your carpets with a steam cleaning. By scheduling now, you’ll beat the rush at holiday time when everyone else is trying to get their house ready for guests.

2. Flush your water heater. Before the cool temps land, take the chance to drain and flush your water heater, and your heater will be ready for all those guests and the extra hot water that requires. Flushing will remove sediment and make your heater more efficient.

3. Restock your firewood. Clear out your old firewood, then replenish by ordering ahead of the cool weather when firewood sellers are flush with wood and prices are lower.

4. Clean your chimney. Schedule your chimney cleaning before the first log goes on the fire. If there’s a crack or any maintenance that needs to be done, you’ll be glad it’s finished before the cold weather arrives.

5. Order spring bulbs. Get your gardening catalogs out and start making your list of spring bulbs to plant and put in your order. Your garden will be ready for fall and the next spring, too.

6. Perform heater inspection and maintenance. When the frost appears, you’ll have to wait with everyone else having their heating systems check and readied for winter. Get an early start and be at the head of the line this year for heating maintenance and a check-up.

7. Flip and vacuum cushions and mattresses. It’s a great idea to go through the house now and vacuum your upholstered furniture. If you have standard mattresses, it’s a good time to flip them. It’s also a good idea to vacuum all mattresses and wash mattress covers, and turn pillow-top mattresses.

8. Clean and organize the garage and shed. During the summer, the garage and shed are two busy places with lawn mowers going in and out and grabbing (then storing) all those gardening tools that have kept you busy all summer long. Before the cold sets in, use these final warm days to spiff up the shed and garage and put away pool floats and summer toys.

9. Clean out gutters. If your gutters are full, it’s a good time to clean them out before the leaves fall and leave your gutters overfilled.

10. Swap out summer accessories. Start putting away your summer decor items and bring out your fall decorating accessories.

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