Chore Checklist for Fall

The Summer heat has subsided, so now’s the time for tending to household chores.  Start by checking the following areas:

– Garden: This is just the right season for planting perennials, trees and shrubs.  Prune non-flowering shrubs and trim back tree limbs near your roof.

– Preparation: Prepare for Winter by giving your heating system a Tune-up.  Also, check caulking and weather-stripping around doors and exterior windows.  Clean out gutters and downspouts, and make sure outside water pipes are drained and protected from freezing.

– Garage: Make a clean sweep of the place.  Get rid of unused items and organize tools, outdoor gear and yard equipment.  Also, remove anything that’s likely to freeze, such as paint.

Tax Tips: If you’re self-employed, set up a tax-deferred retirement plan; if you participate in a 401(k), fund it to the maximum allowed.  Use your remaining funds by setting up your medical appointments.

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