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Your ultimate fall home maintenance checklist: 25+ must-do tasks to prep your home for winter
Fall porch with white railing and wooden chairs.
Since 1977, Woodfin – Your Home Team has served RIC and its surrounding areas with expert heating + cooling, plumbing, electrical, generator, indoor air quality, propane and heating oil services. | Photo by RICtoday
Falling leaves, shorter days, cozy evenings: Cooler days will be here before we know it (we’re ready for a break from the heat, too), which means now is the perfect time to get your home ready for the winter months ahead.

Read on to learn 25 tips from Woodfin - Your Home Team’s Install Operations Manager Chris Beck that will help you stay on top of home maintenance this season:

6 HVAC tips to keep you cozy

  1. Change your air filters monthly. (Yes, we’re all supposed to be doing that!)
  2. Get a programmable thermostat. Bonus: It helps with energy savings.
  3. Keep shrubs, debris + clutter away from your outdoor HVAC unit.
  4. Test your carbon monoxide detectors.
  5. Check your pilot light.
  6. Schedule your six-month tune up. Pro tip: Save on heating repairs and service with Woodfin’s Comfort Protection Plans.

9 plumbing tips to probe

  1. Check all of your fixtures + piping for leaks. (No drips, please and thank you.)
  2. If you have a whole-house water filter, be sure to change it regularly.
  3. Once winter hits, remove hoses from outdoor faucets attachments and use an outdoor faucet cover.
  4. To improve their efficiency, Woodfin - Your Home Team recommends flushing out your water heaters (and tankless water heaters) annually.
  5. Know the location of the main water shut-off valve.
  6. If you have septic tanks, have them pumped every few years.
  7. Inspect the condition of your washing machine hoses.
  8. Close your crawl space vents.
  9. Know the location of your water meter and have it marked.

5 electrical items to inspect

  1. Test your home’s smoke detectors every six months and replace any over 10 years old.
  2. If you have a house generator, make sure the lights are green and that annual maintenance has been done.
  3. Keep the area in front of electrical panels clear and easily accessible.
  4. Repair or replace any lights, switches + other electrical devices that are not working properly.
  5. Have annual electrical maintenance done for cost savings on your power bill.
What’s your worst winter home maintenance story?

A. Heater broke (brrr)
B. Pipes froze (bonus points for flooding...)
C. Power went out (candlelight, anyone?)
D. Other
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • HYPE: Capital Trail Clean Up | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Capital Trail Beyond Boundaries Mile Marker 44, 2644 New Market Rd., Richmond | Free | Meet other young professionals while beautifying the trail — parking is available at Walgreens.
  • “Birdman” | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $8 | See the Best Picture winner starring Michael Keaton on the big screen.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • 10th Anniversary Coaches’ Cook-Off | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln., Richmond | $25-$75 | Basketball coaches from VCU, VSU, UR, and VUU ditch the court for the cutting board in this culinary showdown to benefit Commonwealth Autism.
  • Mt. Joy | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | Brown’s Island, Tredegar St., Richmond | $40-$160 | The rock band will play two sets on the island.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • River City Sting Interest Meeting | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 9:20-10:30 a.m. | HCPL Fairfield Branch, 1401 N. Laburnum Ave., Richmond | Free | Register to learn more about Richmond’s women’s tackle football team, including upcoming workouts and tryouts.
  • RVA Music Fest | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12-8 p.m. | Dogwood Dell, 600 S Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond | Free | Bring school supplies to donate to RPS and enjoy a music festival celebrating independent artists.
  • Soulsation Gospel & Jazz Concert | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education, 4204 Hermitage Rd., Richmond | $50-$75 | Enjoy a night of jazz, gospel, and R&B with performances by Hezekiah Walker, James Saxsmo Gates, Branden Anderson, Brown Ballerinas + more.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Nate’s Bagels is expanding. The Fan shop announced that it will open a second location in Scott’s Addition at 1219 Highpoint Ave., close to the Icon and the Nest Apartments. It has yet to share an expected opening date.
Real Estate
  • Henrico is considering a new tax relief program for older and disabled homeowners. The Real Estate CAP Program would prevent qualifying homeowners’ annual real estate tax bills from increasing after they entered the program. Look out for a public hearing later this month to learn more.
  • 428,541. That’s how many fans cheered on the Flying Squirrels this season at the Diamond, earning Richmond the title of Double-A Attendance Champions. The Squirrels are in the midst of a push for the playoffs in their last series of the regular season against the SeaWolves of Erie, PA.
  • James River Association’s Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative continues later this month. The group is looking for volunteers to help plant trees and shrubs at the East End Branch on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30. Sign up for a morning or afternoon shift.
  • The 8th Annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival starts tomorrow and goes through Sunday, Sept. 17. The festival includes film screenings, panel discussions, and mixers — tickets and all-access passes are available now. There will also be a premiere of the first film made as part of the Script-to-Screen Residency. (Richmond Magazine)
  • Carry on, wayward sons. Rock band Kansas is adding a stop in the River City to its 50th anniversary tour. Tickets for the Friday, March 1 show at Dominion Energy Center go on sale this Friday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.
  • The Capital Region Land Conservancy and the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District announced that 1.5 miles along the Chickahominy River and 170 acres of forests and wetlands will be protected from future development. The land covered by the conservation easement is a habitat for many animal and plant species.
  • Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded. Are we describing ourselves, or Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Month for September 2023? Discover the color for your next home project.^
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
🎷 2nd Street Fest lineup announced
2nd Street will be filled with music, food, arts + vendors during this free festival. | Photo by RICtoday
Mark your calendar for the 35th anniversary of the 2nd Street Festival, set for the weekend of October 7-8. The free festival will fill historic Jackson Ward with live music, a vendor marketplace, food and drinks, and kids activities.

The party stretches for several blocks along 2nd Street between Broad and Jackson streets. It’ll take place on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Organizers announced the full schedule yesterday. The event will have performances across three stages, headlined by a set from Average White Band on Saturday evening. You can also catch Prince tribute act I Would Die 4 U, Legacy Band, Richmond Urban Dance, Nathan Mitchell, The Marvin Taylor Experience, and way more.

Pro tip: Bring a chair to enjoy the shows at each stage, but leave pets and coolers at home.
  • Put your holiday gifting headaches in the past with Six & Main’s gifting quiz. Get the perfect gift for your friends and family with just a few clicks. Start quiz.
  • Kathyphantastic items are perfect for spicing up your wardrobe, water bottle, or fridge. From unique magnets to art prints, shop the collection.
  • The internet’s favorite tumbler — the 40-oz. Stanley Quencher — is in stock in cute colors like pool, jade, and orchid.
  • Love flying first class? Snag an Elite membership from Going and get emailed when first + business class flights are 40-90% off (hello, European vacation).
  • It doesn’t get more luxurious than the Drowsy sleep mask, which is silky smooth on skin and completely light-blocking for the deepest sleep.
Yesterday we quizzed readers on how many miles of protected bike lanes Richmond has.
The city is exploring a possible bike lane extension on Franklin Street. | Photo by RICtoday
21% of respondents had the right answer — there are 11.95 miles of protected bike lanes, according to the RVA Bikeways Map. There are 12.97 miles of buffered bike lanes and 46.3 miles of traditional bike lanes in the River City.
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