Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Prepare for Cooler Weather with this Home Maintenance Checklist

Break out the “Honey-Do” List!!!

With the fall season now here and winter approaching, now is the time to  prepare your home for the new season. Regular maintenance of the home is critical to its preservation and can add significantly to its resale value. Use this checklist to prepare your home for the cooler days and frosty nights of fall.


  • Rake and compost leaves
  • Seed and feed your lawn
  • Mulch flowerbeds


  • Trim limbs and vegetation away from roof
  • Inspect roof and roof vents for any needed repairs
  • Replace any loose or damaged shingles
  • Clean gutters and downspouts

Foundation and Exterior Masonry:

  • Clean fireplaces and chimneys
  • Check chimney mortar for any deterioration
  • Make sure downspouts and grading all direct water away from the house

Doors and Windows:

  • Inspect caulking and paint for damage and repair as needed
  • Oil door hinges and garage door moving parts

Heating and Cooling:

  • Arrange for annual inspection and cleaning of heating systems
  • Rinse off A/C compressor/condensing coil unit to remove debris and dirt
  • Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat
  • Change the furnace filter (when needed)
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check and clean humidifier

Plumbing and Interior:

  • Inspect and repair any damaged caulking in tubs, showers, sinks, toilets and backsplashes
  • Check pressure relief valves on water heaters
  • Inspect refrigerant lines for missing or damaged insulation
  • During wet weather, check ceiling and around all doors and windows for unwanted moisture
  • Check attic ventilation
  • Make sure dryer vent is clean

You might  to seek professional assistance for some of these suggestions. Let me know if you need a referral.

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