This weekend has the first frost here in the Maine Lakes Region with Sunday morning temperatures scheduled to be in the mid to upper 20’s, with the predicted high temperatures Sunday to peak between 40° and 45° for the daytime highs, so heating season certainly has begun. This week will likely be the seasonal “changing of the clothes” for many, making sweaters, hats, mittens, gloves, and heavier jackets readily available, and a necessity that most do not like to admit to, until they have to.. and it appears from the thick breath-clouds forming when out with the dog and not breathing hard , that that timeframe is now. Fall foliage is currently at it’s best or will be very shortly here in the region, and it is a great time to take a drive with those you love, and find a friend or relative that may not get out as much anymore, and help them get out to see this wonderful spectacular scenery we are blessed to enjoy here in the Maine Lakes Region. With October officially – somehow – more than half over this weekend, it is time to embrace the heating season and begin to make prudent preparations for winter. It is time to check weatherstripping around doors, windows, bulkheads, and especially garage doors. Replace your screens with glass storm doors and windows. Check for drafts and Caulk where needed. Clean and dry your patio furniture, and cover with a heavy tarp or store inside a shed, basement, or your garage to protect it from the elements. It is time to bring in any outside hoses and shut off / drain exterior faucets and any irrigation watering systems to prevent bursting from a hard freeze. Check that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order, and if they are 10 years old or older replace them with new models. Be safe, and call us with any and all of your Real Estate needs today.  You will be glad you did!