Tips for Maintaining Your Home This Fall

Jessica Richardson Real Estate

This is a great time to go through your home maintenance checklist. Minor repairs and preparations can keep your home safe and warm for the upcoming winter months.


• Close and drain hose bibs.

• Rake debris away from side of house and other structures.

• Clean out gutters, downspout elbows, and check for roof leaks.

• Check foundation and repair any cracks.

• Clean around air conditioner compressor.

• Trim any trees or shrubs that touch house.

• Inspect and replace weatherstripping; re-caulk if needed.

• Repair torn screens; inspect and clean storm windows.

• Clean under decks and porches.

• Inspect seals and clean out basement window wells.

• Check external lights, especially by stairs; replace burnt out bulbs.

• Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone.

• Check the dryer vent to make sure it is clear.


• Clean and reverse the ceiling fans so the blades push air up instead of down.

• Replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

• Test alarms to be sure they are working properly.

• Replace air filters in furnace.

• Adjust thermostat settings for fall/winter temperatures.

• Stock emergency supplies in case the power (and heat) goes out.

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