Crisp mornings, leaves changing color, and shorter days are upon us. All signs that the beloved fall season is upon us. Here are some ways to make your home cozy this fall.
Let nature inspire your decor. Fresh apples, pomegranates, mums, and colorful leaves make lovely decorations.
Bring out soft blankets and quilts. Blankets can add wonderful texture to a room and handmade quilts full of colors and patterns can warm up a room.
Change or add a rug. Put a soft rug at your bedside or under a chair to give chilly feet a place to land.
Create some order. Set up a shoe and boot storage area to keep wet footwear off the floor.
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United Way: Live United
Giving back to our communities with our time and dollars.
Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS believes in giving back to the communities in which we do business. From sponsorship of little league teams,
to the various high school After-Prom activities, the REALTORS and staff believe in giving back in time and money.
Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS is a proud supporter of United Way. Our REALTORS and staff contribute to the local United Way chapter
by volunteering time and donating money.
United Way of Story County's LIVE UNITED Campaign is a way for businesses and individuals to invest in our county by meeting the basic human
service needs of people who live or work here. Money raised will impact more than 90 core programs in the areas of education, income
and health. These programs touch one in three people in Story County. Of the money raised, 99% stays local unless designated elsewhere.
Beautiful, brisk fall is here which means winter is right around the corner. Autumn is the perfect time to get your home and yard prepped for the
colder months ahead. Take advantage of the mild weather this season and use these maintenance tasks to ensure you and your household are ready
before the snow falls.
De-gunk your gutters. Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs.
After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren't sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter
hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.
Seal air leaks. Sealing up cracks between trim and siding,
around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive and most important -
of your fall maintenance jobs. You'll also seal air leaks that waste energy.
Drain the water. Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving hoses attached can cause
water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and
crack the faucet or pipes. Make this an early fall priority so a sudden cold snap doesn't sneak up and cause damage. Time to drain your irrigation system.
Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads. Turn off any water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets.
Schedule the furnace check-up. Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling pro to get your heating system
checked and tuned up for the coming heating season. An annual maintenance contract ensures you're at the top of the list for checks and shaves 20% off
the cost of a single visit. Change your furnace filter too.
Check fireplaces for build-up and/or hire a chimney sweep to do an inspection. To make sure your fireplace is safe, grab
a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace flue to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. Open the damper and look up into the flue to make
sure it's free of birds' nests, branches and leaves, or other obstructions. You should see daylight at the top of the chimney. Have your fireplace flue cleaned
by a professional to remove creosote buildup.
Prune plants. Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees - when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep
limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house so moisture won't drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.