Fall Maintenance Checklist

You might be asking yourself “What can I do to protect my house this fall? Is there something I can do to defer repairs?” Fall is a great time to handle simple home maintenance projects while the weather is still good and before we get caught up in the holidays.

  • Remove (or cover) window air conditioners.
  • Install storm windows/doors, and remove screens.
  • Aerate and fertilize the lawn.
  • Trim trees and shrubs away from the house.
  • Inspect the roof for damage.
  • Inspect the deck for any raised nails or screws.
  • Cover or store outdoor furniture and grill.
  • Winterize outside faucets.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Disconnect the garden hose from the outside faucet.
  • Replace caulking around windows and doors
  • Inspect and replace your HVAC filter (I recommend you do this monthly).
  • Schedule furnace inspection.
  • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned
  • Check fire extinguishers.
  • Clean clothes dryer vent.
  • Inspect clothes washer hoses for leaks.
  • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter.
  • Test GFCI outlets.
  • Test sump pump.
  • Clean and activate the humidifier.
  • Reverse ceiling fans to make the blades run clockwise.