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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist


Getting your home ready for the cooler months can seem daunting. Between weather stripping windows, insulating exposed pipes and cleaning gutters, where do you begin? To make tackling fall chores a bit easier, use this checklist to guide you through the season’s must-accomplish tasks.

LAWN

Service the snow blower, bring out the snow shovels and purchase ice melt. It's always best to be prepared ahead of the storm.

Drain gasoline and oil from your lawn mower and weed eater. Wash and move to storage to add years of life to your equipment.

aerate, fertilize and reseed your lawn. Fall is the best time of the year to start or revitalize a lawn.

Roll up and store hoses, insulate outdoor faucets and winterize sprinkler systems. Frozen water can be very destructive, especially when it comes up pipes and hoses.

EXTERIOR

Have your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year. Creosote buildup in the flue can cause a fire. When the first cold snap comes you want to be ready to light that fire!

Inspect your roof and repair any missing shingles, remove any branches hanging over the roof. A little work now may prevent a major repair in the future.

Fill any low spots that have developed in the soil near your foundation, and make sure the soil slopes away from the house to avoid water damage in your basement.

Wash your windows so they are clean and sparkling for the holidays.

Clean your gutters and inspect your downspouts.

check the caulk and weatherstripping around your windows and doors and repair or replace as necessary.

Simple weatherstripping can prevent drafts and improve heating efficiency.

INTERIOR

Have your HVAC unit serviced. You don't want to experience a problem on the first cold night and have to pay for an emergency repair.

Change your air filters. Clogged filters impact the efficiency of your heating system and can cause equipment damage.

Insulate any exposed water pipes. A frozen pipe can burst and cause a huge mess.

Drain your hot water heater. Sediment can clog the pipes and cause problems. Plus, you can improve its efficiency by 50% with this one simple task!


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