Fall is a great time to be outside for winterizing chores, as temperatures are much more tolerable. Don’t forget these important duties to ensure your investments will be protected during the bitter cold.Close the PoolDepending on how you feel about the upkeep required with your swimming pool, closing season can either be a little sad or a total relief. The process involves critical procedures to ensure it will be ready to go when the warm weather returns. If you have a permanent pool, getting help from a professional can take most of the stress off your shoulders.Here are a few other good reasons to let a pro complete the job for you. Knowledge: Closing a pool requires much more than throwing a cover on it and letting it sit until next season. A professional service will guarantee your investment is protected by employing a certified staff with training. Safety: Any time water is present, there is a risk of drowning. Especially when handling heavy equipment involved with closing the pool, you could potentially injure yourself and fall in. An expert will have a qualified team to ensure their safety and insurance to protect you if injuries occur on your property. Save time: Allow your pool to remain a place of leisure by not dreading the upcoming closing process. Spending a little money for an expert ensures your pool is closed properly and efficiently.Protect Your DeckFall is the perfect time to winterize your deck or make repairs ignored during summer. The cooler weather makes it easy for the DIY handyman or an experienced contractor to protect your deck before the cold arrives.Winter weather can wreak havoc on wood thanks to moisture caused by snow and ice. Warping, chipping the paint with snow shovels and impacted dirt are all common issues experienced during the cold. It is a good idea to pressure wash the surface during autumn, so it will be clean before the wet stuff sticks. Before washing, make sure all furniture and decorations are removed so the entire area can be cleaned.Your deck can also benefit from applying a protective stain. Not only will it be appealing visually, it helps create a barrier between the wood and moisture.