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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
The change from summer to fall also results in a change of our activities – boating, camping and hitting the beach are replaced with fall gatherings, apple and pumpkin picking.  

Cooler temperatures also mean it’s more comfortable to be outdoors. We recommend taking care of the exterior of your home in preparation for the winter months ahead. 

Here are a few tips that can save you time and money this fall and winter:

  • Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Ensure that water is draining well away from your home. 
  • Repair any damaged steps, handrails, sidewalks, and driveways to help prevent winter slip and fall accidents. 
  • Check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors and seal with weather stripping or caulk to save money on heating your home. 
  • Winterize outdoor faucets and lawn irrigation systems. 
  • Book a furnace cleaning and inspection – The best time to have a professional inspect your heating system is before you need it. 
  • If your home has an air exchange, clean the main filter at once yearly and the other filters every 3 months. 
  • Inspect and clean out dryer vents to improve efficiency and help prevent dryer fires. 
  • Inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles, inspect the integrity of flashing and vents. 
  • Ensure that your snow removal equipment is in running order – it’s better to do this now if it requires repair, well in advance of needing it. 
The more prepared you are for the upcoming winter months, the better! Enjoy fall.