Fall Maintenance Checklist

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Each fall it’s a good idea to do some housekeeping on the interior and exterior of your home to prepare for winter. Taking a few days to prepare now, can prevent expensive repairs or home emergencies later on in the season.

Fall Maintenance Checklist

1. Check for drafts

Drafts or leaks can lead to higher electric bills and let in moisture which is not good for your home! Be sure to add weatherstripping or caulk wherever needed.

2. Detach hoses

Make sure to drain outdoor spouts, and detach your hoses to store them away for the winter! Keeping your hose connected can lead to clogged pipes and further issues as the weather gets colder.

3. Clean out your gutters

Letting leaves and other debris build up in your gutters could lead to serious ramifications. If you are hoping to avoid water damage long-term, be sure to perform regular cleaning and maintenance.

4. Check your furnace

It’s a good idea to call in a professional to take a look at your heating system before the cold weather sets in. To beat the rush, schedule this call in early fall to ensure everything is working properly.

5. Check your smoke detectors

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to fire safety, and fall is the perfect time to check in on your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly. They are there to alert you of more than bad cooking!

6. Prune your plants

For a detailed breakdown of fall lawn care, Lowe’s writes the complete guide out for your here.

7. Inspect your roof

It’s recommended to have a professional come out to inspect your roof. Have them check for major problems such as missing, broken, or damaged shingles.

8. Bring outdoor furniture indoors

If you live in a climate with harsh winters, it may be best to store patio furniture inside your garage or storage shed to prevent damage.

9. Check your radiators

Regular maintenance on radiators can ensure that your home is ready to heat come wintertime.

10. Clean your chimney

If you have a chimney its a good idea to do a routine cleaning in the fall, and ensure you are prepared for the cool weather ahead.

11. Change A/C Filters

This should be done on a regular basis anyhow, but for those of us who forget here is a friendly reminder!

12. Prepare a winter car safety kit

If you live in very cold climates as we prepare for fall, think about getting prepared for the winter months as well. Preparing a winter safety kit for your car utilizing this helpful guide from The Family Handyman