Fall is the best time to take care of your Fall home maintenance before the colder temperatures arrive. The small things can make a big difference, but they are also hard to remember. From looking over the exterior of your home to the Fall maintenance of your heating system, these things will help reduce future headaches and money. Here is a quick Fall Home Maintenance checklist that takes you from the top to the bottom of your home.
Outside Fall Maintenance
- Inspect for wear and tear. If shingles are lifting up, crackling or broken, replace them.
- If any moss is growing on the shingles, clean it off. Make sure they are not broken down under the moss.
- Check flashing around chimneys and pipes. Look for any areas that may leak.
- Trim all hanging branches from trees to prevent potential dropping on the roof.
- Clean gutters and downspouts as leaves pile up. Look for any wood rot and repair.
- Inspect all drainage areas to make sure things are clear and not pooling.
Windows and Doors
- Inspect trim for any holes that may need to be caulked.
- Replace screens with storm windows.
- Check all seals for leaks and drafts. Caulk any cracks and install weather stripping if needed.
- Turn off all exterior water pipes and bring in empty hoses.
- Inspect the exterior and interior dryer vent. Keep it clean.
Inside Fall Maintenance
- Is insulation still in place and does it go to the exterior walls?
- Are ridge vents free of insulation and other debris?
- Look for any evidence of pests. If present, look for any access holes and fill or put screens.
- Fireplace inspection and cleaning. Make sure fireplace flue has a tight seal.
- Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries.
- Furnace cleaning and replace filters.
- Hot water system inspection for any cracks.
- Heating air ducts are cleaned and have filters.
Hope you use this easy-to-use checklist this Fall!
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