Following Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Written By: Jen Chinburg

Home Maintenance Checklist: What To Know When Preparing Your Home for Fall

The fall season is in full swing—and it’s a great time to make sure that your house is in tip top shape as the cold weather begins to set in. What better way to do this than by creating a Fall Home Maintenance Checklist of various tasks to ensure your home and surrounding property is prepared for the changes ahead?

Following these 10 recommendations on our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist will help put your mind at ease and protect your home:

1. Lend Your Lawn a Helping Hand — Fall is the best time to seed and feed your lawn. According to Scotts, over seeding and feeding in the fall can make your lawn up to 49% thicker the following spring.

2. Protect Against Unwelcome Guests — As the cold nights arrive, small animals begin looking for warm homes. Check your property for any openings that offer an entrance and seal them up. If you are hearing strange noises, a curious critter could already be calling your home … home.

3. Put Away Your Exterior Water Lines — Exterior water spigots can freeze up in the winter causing leaks later. Be sure to remove your outside hose, then shut off and drain all exterior spigots. Freeze damage can lead to worse problems down the road.

4. De-clutter Your Drainage — As leaves drops, it’s important to make sure perimeter drains are kept clean to ensure proper water flow away from your home.

5. Give Your Home a ‘Gut-Check’ — This is also a great time to check and clean your gutters. If you don’t check your gutters, you could experience a leaky roof, leaky gutter and other problems.

6. Sound the Alarms — For safety purposes, be sure to replace your smoke detector batteries. Daylight Savings Time is a great time to remember to do this.

7. Freshen Up Your Furnace — Be sure to have your furnace serviced and change the filter before starting up your heating system for the season.

8. Fix Your Flow — For HVAC systems, adjust the vents in your home now to provide the most comfortable heat flow for your needs.

9. Service Your Winter Gear — Fall is a great time to check your snow blower and do an oil change before snow comes down. The last thing you want is your snow blower to break down during a major snowstorm.

10. Take Advantage of the Remaining Warm Days – Finish up any outside chores before it gets too cold to do so. This can include cleaning out your garage or your car and adding any cold weather emergency items like ice scrapers, flashlights, or sleeping bags.

Preparing your home and household for fall can take some time—which is why it’s a great idea to create a home maintenance checklist of tasks that you can check off one-by-one. Don’t be caught off guard, begin working on your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist today.

Chinburg Properties has almost 30 years of experience building homes and managing residential and commercial properties in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We want to help you to keep your home and household running smoothly, no matter the time of year. Contact us today for more information or visit our blog to learn more home maintenance tips.

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