Fall has arrived and now is the time to start planning on getting those winter maintenance items done. Don’t wait until the tenant calls with a leaky roof or a chimney fire. Get the roof checked for potential leaks, the chimney cleaned and inspected for safety, the furnace serviced and inspected for carbon monoxide leaks, windows checked for cracked and missing caulking, outside drainage checked to prevent flooding, sump pumps checked, and gutters cleaned out. Also don’t forget to trim trees and bushes away from the house and evaluate the condition of large trees and limbs that could break or fall during winter’s storms. Preventative maintenance will save a lot of money and time in the long run. Be proactive!