Now that fall has arrived in Western New York, it's finally time to fully embrace all that autumn has to offer in Buffalo.

No matter how much I've rallied against it, we can finally begin to embrace all of the apple-cinnamon and pumpkin-spice stuff that we've seen on shelves in stores for the last few weeks around town.

Apple picking, pumpkin patching, and of course, apple spice everything, including, but not limited to pumpkin spice wings.

But, considering fall has officially been in effect since Thursday, September 22, 2022, there are some things that we need to stop procrastinating about and start working on now before winter comes.

5 Things To Do Right Now Because Autumn Is Here

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Photo by Dan LeFebvre on Unsplash
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Have Your HVAC System Inspected And Serviced

If you ask most heating companies, they get the most calls for service on the first cold day when people turn on their furnace for the first time and it didn't work. Don't find yourself having to wait days or weeks, contact a qualified technician now and make sure your HVAC service is in good working order.

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Photo by Zohair Mirza on Unsplash
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Clean Your Chimney, Fireplace, and/or Gutters

It's going to start getting cooler outside, which means you're more likely to fire up that fireplace. That means it is the perfect time to get up on the roof or hire a professional to clean up the chimney. While you're up there you can also clean out those gutters because we both know there's likely all kinds of stuff in there.

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Photo by Ozgu Ozden on Unsplash
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Check Your Doors and/or Windows For Air Drafts

We all know it gets cold in Buffalo, so why not make sure you don't have any drafty windows or doors in the house? If you do find some drafts, you can put some time sealing the gaps or putting some plastic up to the windows to reduce some of those air leaks.

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Photo by Adam Winger on Unsplash
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Store All Of Your Summer Stuff

You know all that summer stuff that you have just laying around in the yard? This is now the perfect time to put away that kids' bounce house, yard and garden tools, lawn chairs, etc. Don't wait until that first October snow before you do it.

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Toss Out Your Extra or Bulk Trash

We hear a lot about spring cleaning, but fall cleaning should be a thing as well. Getting ready for the arrival of fall is the perfect time to toss out the rest of that junk that's been hanging out in your basement and/or garage. Plus, a lot of communities will have large or bulk trash pick-up days when you can just put that stuff to the curb.

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