Fall Tips for Homeowners
Check for drafts
Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.
Have your furnace inspected
Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.
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Do a roof check
You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
Check the chimney and fireplace
Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.
Service summer power equipment
Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring.
Once the leaves fall it’s time to clean out your gutters. Snow melt and roof run off are coming in the spring, be ready now.
Homeowner Resource Connections
Gopher State One Call 1 (811) 454-0002, www.gopherstateonecall.org, Call before you plant trees etc.
Pierson Garden and Landscaping (612) 251-9910, www.piersonlandscape.com, Landscaping and yard maintenance
Shadywood Tree Experts (952) 933-0614, www.shadywoodtreeexperts.com, Tree Service – tree trimming, removal and treatment of insects
J. Bihl Contracting LLC (612) 247-3094, Lawn & Garen Service
Plumber and Sewer
AccessAbility Options (763) 571-6789 www.rebrevisions.com
HomeAdvisor in Minneapolis www.homeadvisor.com/c.Minneapolis.MN.html#topcontractors Provides certified contractors for home repairs
ServPro (651) 376-3063 www.servproeaganapplevalley.com Fire & Water – cleanup and restoration
Energy Assistance Program (952) 930-3541
Heatshare (612) 721-1668
MN Public Utilities Commission (651) 296-7126
Sustainable Resource Center (612) 872-3294, Weatherization of low income households
Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999, www.xcelenergy.com
DIAL-A-RIDE (612) 373-3333 www.metrotransit.org/othertransopts/dialaride.asp
Greyhound Bus Lines (800) 231-2222 www.greyhound.com/home
ICA (952) 938-0729 www.icafoodshelf.org, Medical transportation for seniors and disable individuals without a car
Jefferson Bus Lines (612) 359-3400 www.jeffersonlines.com
Metro Mobility (651) 602-1111 www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/paratransit/intro.htm Service for Handicapped & Elderly
Metro Transit (612) 373-3333 www.metrotransit.org
Southwest Metro Transit Information Center (952) 974-3100 www.swtransit.org
Suburban Taxi (763) 545-1234 www.suburbantaxi.com
Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicios (612) 746-3500, www.clues.org, All types of social service assistance in Spanish language.
Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (612) 338-5282 www.cscmn.org, Advocacy and intervention services for Somali immigrants: health insurance, housing, employment, Youth services; English classes.
Crisis Connection (612) 379-6363 or (866) 379-6363, www.crisis.org, Crisis Connection is a nonprofit agency that provides 24-hour crisis counseling by telephone. Our community call center relies on trained volunteers who answer calls 365 days per year.
Early Childhood Family Education (612) 668-3927, ecfe.mpls.k12.mn.us
Eden Prairie Family Center (952) 975-6980 www.edenpr.org/famctr Offers early childhood family education.
Edina Resource Center (952) 848-3936 www.edinaresourcecenter.com The Edina Resource Center is your connection to community information, resources and services. The resource center offers “one-stop” shopping for the right piece of information, service provider or community support.
Emergency Food Shelf Network (763) 450-3860 www.emergencyfoodshelf.org
Father’s Resource Center (612) 783-4938 www.resourcesforfathers.org
Fraser Child and Family Center (612) 861-1688 www.fraser.org Serving children and adults with special needs through comprehensive education, healthcare and housing services. Fraser is a leading provider of autism services at a time when the need is critical.
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery (763) 591-0100 www.crisisnursery.org Support families in crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through our free, voluntary services.
Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association (GMDCA) (612) 341-1177 radiochildcare.org/GMDCA/GMDCA.html Will assist in finding child care and apply for financial assistance.
Head start (218) 728-1091 www.mnheadstart.org
ICA (952) 938-0729 www.icafoodshelf.org Emergency food shelf, financial assistance and transportation services.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services (952) 546-0616 www.jfcsmpls.org A social service agency providing family education, parenting, support and counseling for all families.
Lutheran Social Service (651) 642-5990 or (800) 582-5260 www.lssmn.org Financial counseling, adoption, and pregnancy counseling.
MAC (Mothers and Children) Nutritional Program (651) 484-8241 www.ceap.com/family/mac.php Nutritional, balanced monthly food package for qualifying children up to age 6, pregnant women, or breast feeding women not served by WIC.
Fraser Child and Family Center 729-6001 www.fraser.org
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (612) 728-2000 www.miwrc.org
Minnetonka Life Care Center (952) 938-4496 www.minnetonkalifecare.org Free pregnancy tests, referrals to doctors, educational programs, parenting and baby supplies for low income families.
PICA (Parents in Community Action, Inc.) (612) 374-0701 www.picaheadstart.org Services are provided at no cost to eligible children six weeks to five year and their families.
Prop (Eden Prairie & Chanhassen Families) (952) 937-9120 www.propfood.org/index.html Emergency food shelf, children’s closet, transportation, and financial assistance.
ResourceWest (formerly Hopkins Minnetonka Family Resource Center) (952) 988-5350 www.resourcewest.org
South Hennepin Adult Programs in Education (952) 975-6946 www.bloomington.k12.mn.us SHAPE assists adult learners with specific goals of learning to read better, learning math skills, and improving writing abilities.
St David’s Child Development and Family Services (952) 939-0396 www.stdavids.net Early Childhood Education, including services for children with special needs.
West Suburban Teen Clinic (952) 474-3251 www.westsuburbanteenclinic.org
Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program (651) 201-4404 or (800) 657-3942 www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic Provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and referrals to health and other social services.
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