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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

A home maintenance schedule is important for every house's upkeep. Continuing to check on your exterior, appliances, heating and cooling, plumbing, security, and electrical systems will help prevent breakdowns, save money, and keep your home looking its best.

Do this in the Fall

  • Rake leaves and aerate the lawn.

  • Have the forced-air heating system inspected by a professional.

  • Check the fireplace for damage or hazards and clean fireplace flues. Have your fireplace professionally inspected.

  • Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping; replace if necessary.

  • Touch up exterior siding and trim with paint.

  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks.

  • Power-wash windows and siding.

  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.

  • Mend cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkway.

  • Drain and winterize exterior plumbing, including hoses and in-ground sprinkler systems.

  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement.

  • Clean window and door screens.

  • Vacuum lint from the dryer vent.

  • Inspect exterior door hardware; fix squeaky handles and loose locks.

  • Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages.

  • Check the water heater for leaks.

  • Practice pest prevention by keeping firewood away from the house, trimming shrubs, and repairing rotten or broken woodwork. Remove any wasp nests hanging from eaves or overhangs.

Do this every month throughout the year

  • Clean the furnace filter to remove dust build-ups

  • Check the water softener and replenish salt if necessary.

  • Inspect tub and sink drains for debris; unclog if necessary.

  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors

  • Vacuum heat registers and heat vents.

  • Check that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked.

  • Flush out hot water from the water heater to remove accumulated sediment.

  • Clean the garbage disposal by grinding ice cubes, then flushing with hot water and baking soda.

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