Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Following is a comprehensive home maintenance checklist to help you prepare your home for fall and winter. Whether you live in a condo or single family residence, there are sure to be a few items that can use your attention. Taking time now to ensure your home is prepared for rain, wind, and colder temperatures will give you peace of mind, increase your homes efficiency, and could save you money on costly emergency repairs.

For more details and helpful hints click here to visit our blog post Prepare Your Home For Winter.

Fertilize and apply weed killer to lawn

Trim trees/bushes from sides of house and hanging over roof/gutter

Remove, drain and store hoses

Insulate outside faucets and close shut-off valves if available

Clean and store or cover outdoor furniture, BBQ and tools

Ensure winter tools are accessible and ready for use

Inspect drainage system around foundation of home

Inspect roof for signs of leaks or damaged shingles and flashing

Flush and inspect gutters, downspouts and storm drains; inspect regularly

Inspect crawl space and attic for rodents and adequate insulation

Have garage door and opener serviced

Replace worn thresholds and weather stripping around doors and windows, caulk as needed

Wash windows inside and out; remove screens and install storm windows

Wrap exposed water pipes in crawl space, basement or garage

Check for air leaks on exterior walls where pipes enter the house; caulk or add insulation as needed

Wrap water heater with insulated blanket

Have chimney cleaned and inspected

Clean dryer duct; clean vent after each use

Have heating system inspected and serviced

Replace furnace filters monthly, or as recommended

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly; replace batteries annually

Prepare emergency kit in the event of a power outage or emergency

Cari

Cari Barron, owner and founder of Contractor Hotline, purchased a home in need of various repairs in 2002. The process to find a quality home remodeling contractor proved to be a complex challenge. The first-hand experience was the inspiration behind founding Contractor Hotline in 2006. Connect with her on Google+

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