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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Maintaining your home is an important part of being a home owner, especially during the colder months. Here are some good tips to remember when preparing your home for fall:

Exterior Maintenance

  • Check the foundation for cracks; caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around windows and door frames.
  • Install storm windows and doors and remove screens. Clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and store in a dry area.
  • Inspect any exterior walls for peeling or blistering paint
  • Have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof.
  • After the leaves have fallen, clear out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets. Point downspouts away from foundation.
  • Weather-strip your garage door, making a tight seal between your garage door and the ground.

Interior Maintenance

  • Check for proper sealing and insulation on all windows and doors. Apply weather-stripping and caulk where it is needed.
  • Have a licensed heating contractor check your heating system, including ducts and furnaces.
  • Examine your fireplace insert’s door for a tight seal. Clean and inspect the glass door for cracks. Have a licensed chimney sweep clean the chimney.
  • Check that the attic is insulated, ventilated, and critter-free.
  • Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Keep extra batteries on hand.
  • Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners. Remove units from windows or wrap outside boxes with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover.
  • Clean humidifiers regularly during the heating season to avoid bacteria growth.

Yard and Garden Maintenance

  • Clean and store summer garden tools.
  • Rake the lawn, reseed patchy areas, and plant spring flowering bulbs. If needed, deer proof your yard by covering plants with netting and chicken wire.
  • Trim any tree limbs that may interfere with power lines or break under the weight of snow and ice.
  • Drain the fuel from all gas-operated yard equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws.
  • Store your snow-clearing gear – snow blowers, shovels, etc. – so that they are accessible when you need them.
  • Drain garden hoses and store them inside. Shut off outdoor water valves, irrigation, and sprinkler systems.
  • Inspect and fill bird feeders. Remember, once you start feeding birds, you should continue to do so through the winter.
  • Fertilize the lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure healthy grass in the spring.

Porch and Deck Maintenance

  • Check the supports, stairs, and railings on porches and decks. Make sure the handrails can support someone slipping on snow or ice.
  • Clean outside furniture and barbeques, check for any needed repairs, then cover and store in a protected area.
  • Empty all of the soil from pots and planters.


Source: Zillow

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