Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Guest blogger: Alicia Eisenbise, Social Media Specialist

Keeping your home in great shape takes elbow grease, some creativity and organization. I am the “queen of checklists.” I have a camping checklist, a housecleaning checklist and a moving checklist–all in spreadsheets of course. I’m just surprised I don’t have a checklist of my checklists (yet!) As winter approaches, I hope this Fall Home Checklist helps make the transition from summer to winter a little bit easier (and more organized.)

  1. Clean gutters.
    I think it’s pretty safe to bet that no one likes this job, but cleaning out the gutters can save you tons of money in the long run. Clean out the gutters, inspect joints, tighten brackets and flush out with water.
  2. Inspect the roof.
    Check for missing or loose shingles. A bad storm or changing temperatures can destroy an already damaged roof. Don’t take the chance.
  3. Seal gaps and cracks.
    Caulk is your best friend. Caulk around windows or door frames that are a bit leaky. It takes just a few minutes and a couple dollars to save your heating bill from skyrocketing.
  4. Put up storm windows.
    Not everyone uses them, but if you have storm windows or doors, start to install them to save on heating costs.
  5. Stay safe.
    Check fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. Now is also a great time to review your fire escape plan or any other safety plans. Look for our blog next week on fire safety for even more tips.
  6. Clean outdoor furniture.
    Unfortunately it’s almost time to put away your patio furniture. In order to keep it looking (and smelling like new), take a little time to prep it. Here are some great, inexpensive tips to clean your outdoor furniture.
  7. Check your furnace and humidifier.
    Clean your filters, plates or pads. If you have any issues or questions, consult a professional and have them make any repairs.
  8. Drain your lawn-irrigation system.
    If you have a sprinkler system, this is extremely important, but call a professional, as it will avoid it from freezing and ruining your system. 

What are the big Fall projects on your checklist?

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