Wednesday, March 3, 2021


The Real Deal: Can You Feel It?


Can you feel  it? That long awaited morning chill in the air, the smell of wood burning fireplaces and hot apple cider….yes, fall has finally arrived. Growing up on the east coast, this has always been my favorite  time of year. I don’t mind raking leaves and absolutely love fall decorations and carving pumpkins! 


Diana Lytal therealdealwithdiana Realtor • DRE# 01490170 Intero Pride Real Estate
Diana Lytal


Realtor • DRE# 01490170

Intero Pride Real Estate

There is so much more to home ownership as the seasons change. This might be a good time to review a fall maintenance checklist for your home!

  • Be sure to properly stow your lawnmower. Most people are grateful not to have to mow the grass for a couple of months and just put it in the garage, however, mowers with gas in the tank that sit for months can cause damage to the engine parts and the gas will slowly deteriorate. Be sure, also, to clean the underside of the mower to get rid of all the grass and gunk from underneath.
  • Remove garden hoses from outside faucets. They can cause a backup in the faucets & pipes inside your exterior walls. This could result in frozen, or even worse, broken pipes. You might want to consider turning off any shut off valves on lines that lead to exterior faucets. Be sure to drain hoses and store them in a shed or garage over the winter months.
  • Turn off the automatic sprinkler system. Even buried pipes can freeze so be sure to drain the lines. And don’t be the neighbor that has their sprinklers going during a rain storm.
  • Check the exterior of your home for cracks especially around doors & windows. Buy some exterior grout and fill the cracks to ensure you won’t be wasting energy by having drafts come in and heat escape.
  • Clean out your rain gutters . Leaves and twigs and all sorts of things can accumulate throughout the year. Be sure to clean them out before the first rain. If they are clogged this could cause them to sag and even drain where they are not supposed to drain. Make sure the downspouts drain at least 5 feet from the house to avoid problems at the foundation.
  • This is a good time to inspect the roof for loose or missing shingles. Replace them immediately if needed. If you suspect a more serious issue, contact a professional roofer for an opinion & estimate. Many will do this free of charge. If you need a referral, please contact me.
  • Check your furnace and change any filters. It never hurts to call the professionals. Proper maintenance can actually save you money on your energy bill.
  • Prune plants & trees. As the winds pick up you will want to avoid broken branches and potential damage to your home or vehicles. If you do not have experience or proper tools, call a professional. It will be worth it in the long run.
  • Check out the fireplace! Fireplaces are often forgotten during the warmer months when not in use. Always have it checked before using and have it cleaned and thoroughly inspected by a chimney sweep at least every other year.
  • This is a good time of year to check your smoke detector and CO2 detector batteries.
  • Last but not least, keep a supply of buckets, burlap and even cardboard to place on or around your plants and shrubs on those extra cold evenings when frost is expected.

Your home is your #1 investment and worth the extra time, energy and sometimes even a few extra dollars to make sure it stays in tip top condition, especially through the harsher seasons.

If you need any additional information or referrals, please contact me at 530-681-2532 or at

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