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Fall Home Maintenance ✓Checklist

“The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.”

-Jane Hirshfield, The Heat of Autumn

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In many regions, fall is the perfect season to tackle general home maintenance projects because the weather is generally dry and temperatures are moderate. Before you start your seasonal home maintenance checklist, examine both the interior and exterior of your home. Most of these tasks can be accomplished without the help of a professional, but it’s always better to be safe and call for assistance if a project is beyond your abilities. Here is our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

  • Rake leaves and aerate the lawn.
  • Have the forced-air heating system inspected by a professional. Schedule an inspection in late summer or early fall before the heating season begins.
  • Check the fireplace for damage or hazards and clean fireplace flues.
  • Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping; replace if necessary.
  • Swap old, drafty windows for more energy-efficient models.
  • Touch up exterior siding and trim with paint.
  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks.
  • Power-wash windows and siding.
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Mend cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkway.
  • Drain and winterize exterior plumbing.
  • Have your fireplace professionally inspected.
  • Tune-up major home appliances before the holidays.
  • Repair or replace siding.
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement.
  • Clean the carpets.
  • Clean window and door screens.
  • Vacuum lint from the dryer vent.
  • Inspect exterior door hardware; fix squeaky handles and loose locks.
  • Check for frayed cords and wires.
  • Drain and store hoses, and drain in-ground sprinkler systems.
  • Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages.
  • Check the water heater for leaks.