Summer has gone by quickly - again. Time to start thinking about getting the house ready for winter. It is tradition for my male readers, on the day this column appears each year, to bury the Real Estate section at the bottom of the recycling pile so their wives can't say, "But Al Heavens said you should clean the gutters." (It's too expensive to just recycle a computer or smartphone, so you might as well grin and bear it.)
Alan J. Heavens has been writing about real estate and home improvement for 27 of his 36 years at the Inquirer and for most of his 49 years as a reporter. Author of three books, he was "The Gadgeteer" on the Discovery Channel's Home Matters and president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.