SOURCE: Angie's List

Angie's List

September 02, 2011 11:41 ET

Angie's List Shares Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Highly Rated Chicago Home Improvement Companies Reveal Their Top Fall Home Maintenance Projects

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Sep 2, 2011) - Fall offers Chicago homeowners a perfect chance to wrap up home maintenance projects. The pleasant weather creates an ideal setting for working outdoors in advance of Chicago's brutal winter. Angie's List asked highly rated home improvement companies to provide their most recommended fall home maintenance projects.

Rake up the leaves: Fallen leaves can deprive the lawn of crucial sunlight during the fall months. If leaves accumulate and become wet, they can lead to mold growth and create an unpleasant odor. Another option is to finely mulch the leaves with a lawnmower.

Clean out gutters: Gutters blocked by dead leaves and other debris can overflow, which may lead to serious damage to a home's roof, walls or foundation. For the best results, scoop out all debris and spray the gutters clean with a hose.

Check and replace air filters: Fall is the perfect time to check and replace HVAC filters. It improves air quality and promotes better air circulation. Plus, it's an inexpensive and easy task.

Clean carpets: All sorts of dirt and grime get tracked into carpet during the summer. Experts recommend at least one annual cleaning by a professional company to prolong a carpet's useful life. Visit Angie's List for information on highly rated carpet cleaners in Chicago.

Store outdoor furniture: Items like patio furniture and grills can deteriorate or rust if left outside over winter. Experts recommend storing items in a garage or shed, or covering them tightly with a waterproof tarp.

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