It may seem like Florida goes straight from summer to winter, from hot and muggy to cold and dreary but there are some preparations that you should consider for your home before the seasons change and you get left behind.
You should decide what to do with all of your summer clothes. In Florida, you may not want to put all of your summer clothes up right away but sweaters and jackets will replace the majority of your shorts and t-shirts. It is also a good idea to wash your clothes before you store them away for several months. Pack your clothes with some kind of freshener to keep them smelling good during the winter months.
When it begins to get really cold here in Florida, you may decide that you want to store your patio furniture (which may not be a bad idea). Before you put your patio furniture away for a month or two, remember to vacuum all of the moisture off. This prevents your furniture from growing mold on it and smelling funky. Another tip is to trim back the branches before the fall foliage starts to fall. This will save you lots of time when leaves and small branches start to fall because you have already handled that.
Clean your roof off of any leaves and make sure that any patchwork that needs to be done gets done before the cold months arrive. Even though here in Florida snow is an unlikely visitor, you never know. We do get slush sometimes and that can be hard on your roof. You have to be careful of that cold rain that could stick for just a little bit. You should try and clean out your gutters and possibly try and keep up with it during the winter months. Those leaves are going to be coming down like crazy in October and November and it tends to rain more as well. Let your gutter start out this season all cleaned out.
If you have a fireplace try and clean out your chimney as well and get it ready to be used. It is also important to look at all of the windows in your home and see if they need to be sealed tighter than they are. The last thing you want to do is allow of that warm air in your home to escape out into the cold. That makes for a high-energy bill!
When your fall checklist is done, you can sit back with your family and enjoy this beautiful weather that fall brings.