Whether you’re roasting marshmallows by a campfire, tailgating at a football game, or just enjoying the crisp cool nights with friends and family, the fall is a great time to be outdoors and great time to make improvements to one of your greatest assets — your home. Here are some home improvement projects you can take on to prepare your home for the winter ahead:

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  • Clean up your yard. Lawn care isn’t just for spring. The work you do in the fall will clear the path for a better yard when the ground thaws. In addition to raking leaves, you can fertilize your grass, aerate your soil, and prune back overgrown or dead trees and shrubs.
  • Check your roof. Harsh winters can do a number on your roof. Try to do a visual inspection of your roof to look for damage. If you notice missing shingles or leaks, have a professional repair or seal them.
  • Clean your gutters. Your gutters play an important role in helping keep water from getting into your home. Be sure to remove excess debris from them, such as leaves and branches.
  • Check for and seal leaks. Leaks can result in the loss of heat and energy — and ultimately, higher heating costs. Be sure to inspect common areas for leaks, such as your attic or windows, and to seal any you may find.
  • Clean your fireplace. If you frequently use your fireplace, be sure to have a professional clean and inspect it every year.

The cleanup doesn’t just have to involve your yard; it’s also a great time to get your financial affairs in order before the hustle and bustle of the holidays and winter season hits. Schedule an appointment with a banker to review your finances and explore any opportunities that may lay ahead. You’ll thank yourself come spring.