Does fall conjure up images of pumpkin-spiced lattes, falling leaves and a cozy home? Although these may be some of the more common hallmarks of fall, many homeowners also translate a ‘cozy home’ into a fall home maintenance checklist. Yes, fall does mean it’s time to get your home ready – indoor and outdoor – for the colder months ahead.
Whether you live in a sunshine state or in the snowbelt, check out these fall home maintenance items:
Change the furnace filter and have the furnace properly inspected
Have the HVAC system inspected
Clean and inspect the fireplace
Seal any cracks around windows and doors
Assess your home’s energy efficiency
Reverse ceiling fans to redistribute warm air trapped against the ceilings
Make sure the smoke and CO detectors work properly
Have extra batteries on hand
Clean the humidifier
Clean debris from gutters and downspouts – be careful to not cut into them
Store any latex/acrylic paint inside if you live in a cold climate
Close or install storm windows
Store folding chairs and cushions out of the elements
Water, fertilize and aerate the lawn
Clean window wells and window well covers
Turn off external water lines
Remove garden hoses from faucets and drain water from hoses
Clear debris from beneath a porch or deck
Add any ‘musts’ to create your personalized fall home maintenance checklist. Then, use your checklist every fall so you don’t miss a thing – and enjoy your cozy home all year ‘round!
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