It’s important to do a little home maintenance every once in a while. Check out the ultimate fall home maintenance list. You’ll know exactly what to do with a free fall home maintenance checklist.
Fall seasons bring cold and wet weather. It’s important to get your home ready for fall. There are a few fall home maintenance tasks you don’t want to forget about. Download the free fall home maintenance checklist to help you complete your fall home maintenance.
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Fall Home Maintenance
Gutters and Downspouts
Start off by cleaning out your gutters, remove all of the leaves, dirt, pine needles, and grime that accumulate during the spring and summer months.
After the gutters have been cleaned out it’s time to clean and seal up the downspouts. Make sure they’re connected well to the gutters and home and are free of any grime from the gutters. Below are a few tools I recommend. There are options for if you’re using a pressure washer or doing this by hand.
Doors and Windows
Change out summer screens (if applicable) to cool weather and storm screens on your windows and doors.
Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames including your garage door.
Install weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows to prevent drafts this will reduce your heating costs.
Check for drafts
Drafts can compromise the energy efficiency of your home, so fixing these before the cold weather starts could actually help to lower your fuel bills when fall arrives.
There are a few different ways to identify drafts, so experiment to see which works for you and then fix each one in turn by plugging holes. Here are some of the most common areas to check:
- Doors and windows
- Attic and basements
- Electrical outlets
- Light fixtures.
Put your hand over those areas (if applicable) to test if you feel a draft. If so make sure to take care of them before it gets too cold.
Thinking about your household heating and how it could be improved is a great place to start. Make sure to replace your air filter in your furnace/heat pump.
Clean the ducts to improve your heating system’s efficiency. If you feel you need a pro to take a look now’s the time for that.
If you have gas in your home you might want to take a look at upgrading your gas logs in your fireplace.
If you live in a very cold climate you’ll want to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. Make sure your pips are insulated. Know how to locate the water shut-off valve just in case pipes do freeze.
Fireplace and Chimney
If you have a wood burning fireplace it’s important to have your chimney and fireplace inspected once a year. Call to have your chimney inspected. Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.
Make sure that the insulation in your attic doesn’t cover vents in the eaves which will prevent ice dams in the room. Make sure that ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.
Do a good sweep and check for bird nests and any sign of rodents. Seal up any holes to prevent any unwanted guests.
Landscape, Yardwork, and Outdoors
This might seem like a long list but it’s important to prepare the outdoors so you can enjoy your yard and outdoor items in the spring without a lot of added work.
There are a few tasks you’ll want to complete around the yard this fall. Do a final mow of the lawn, fertilize, aerate, and reseed your lawn.
Prune your trees and shrubs. Rake leaves over the roots of trees, shrubs, and other plants to keep them warm and adds nutrients to the soil.
Feed your plants like roses and evergreens. Cut back perennials to get them ready for winter.
Trim branches that are close to power lines.
Fill any driveway cracks that might have developed during the spring and summer months.
Hoses and faucet
Drain the hoses and cover all of the faucets with those faucet covers.
When fall arrives, you’ll need to do some fall home maintenance – plant pots that might be blown over by the wind, your external sprinkler system, garden tools, patio furniture, and BBQ. All of these items should be stored in a garden shed or garage so they’re out of the elements.
Batteries and Lights
Change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 alarms. Check to make sure flashlights work around the house, and all outdoor lights are in working order. Replace any lightbulbs that aren’t working or look dim.
Winter Driving Kit
Now’s the time to put together a winter driving kit. Items to include in your kit would be:
- Bottled water
- Food (like energy bars)
- Cell phone charger
- Fix a flat
- Portable air compressor
- Small tool kit with duct tape (you’re welcome dad!)
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Tire chains
Now’s the time to prepare your home for the wet and cold months. With a little work and a smart plan, you’ll be able to complete your fall home maintenance.