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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

October 22, 2020

Cypress home in the fall

This week marks the beginning of autumn. Fall brings with it cooler nights and fires burning in the fireplace, hearty soups simmering on the stove for Sunday dinner, crisp air on evening walks with the dog, and cozy sweatshirts watching an afternoon of kids' soccer.

Fall is a favorite season for many people, but it is also a great time to weatherproof your home for the upcoming winter season. It’s best to go through a series of checklists now while the weather is still pleasant, instead of waiting until the first frost strikes.

Here are 11 things to do to prepare your home for fall:

  1. Scan your home exterior.
  2. Touch up any exterior paint.

  3. Fix cracks in the driveway and sidewalk.

  4. Check roof shingles.

  5. Replace screens with storm windows and doors.

  6. Clean out your gutters.

  7. Clear lawn and prepare landscape.

  8. Remove fuel and drain water.

  9. Check for interior air leaks.

  10. Inspect and service your heating systems.

  11. Test your home safety system.

Read on to learn more.

Scan your home exterior.

Start on the outside of the home. Do an overall scan, checking for cracks in the foundation. Caulk any areas of the home where the masonry meets siding, where pipes and wires enter the home, and around windows and door frames. This is an inexpensive fix that can help not only seal your home so that cold air doesn’t seep in, but it can also help keep water out of cracks, which could cause mold, or if frozen could expand and cause damage.

Touch up any exterior paint.

As you continue to inspect your home, watch for peeling paint, which is a sign that your paint is deteriorating. This is more than just a cosmetic flaw. If it is not corrected, it can lead to costly repairs in the future.

Fix cracks in the driveway and sidewalk.

View your driveway and sidewalks and look for cracks, which will only get worse during freezing weather. Take the time to clean out any cracks, repair them with filler, and coat them with a commercial sealer.

Check roof shingles.

Continue your inspection up onto the roof of your home and hire a certified roofing specialist to ensure there are no missing or loose shingles.

Replace screens with storm windows and doors.

Once the temperatures drop far enough that you will no longer be opening your windows, you should remove your screens. Make any necessary repairs to the screens and spray them with a protective coating before storing them in a dry area. Once screens are removed, install storm windows and doors. While we are talking about doors, consider weather-stripping your garage door to prevent drafts.

Clean out your gutters.

After the leaves have fallen, be sure to clean out your gutters and downspouts and also flush them with water. Make any repairs, including tightening of brackets, now.

Clear lawn and prepare landscape.

You should also clear the leaves off your lawn and reseed dead areas.

Consider planting spring-flowering bulbs and deer-proofing your plants by covering them with netting and chicken wire. You should also fertilize the lawn with a high-phosphorous mix in preparation for the spring.

Remove fuel and drain water.

Remove any fuel from gas-powered equipment like lawnmowers and prepare them for storage. Drain water from your garden hoses and store them for winter and be sure to shut off outdoor water valves in preparation for cold weather. Make sure you are all set for ice and snow removal, too.

Check for interior air leaks.

There are several maintenance items for the interior of your home, too. Check around your doors and windows for air leaks simply by moving your hand around the frame. Seal any drafty areas with weather stripping or caulk.

Inspect and service your heating systems.

You should also have your heating system inspected and serviced. This is the time to inspect your fireplace and also replace dirty furnace filters. Another good tip that is often forgotten is to change the direction of your ceiling fan so that it pulls air upwards and redistributes the warm air from the ceiling.

Test your home safety system.

Also, now is a great time to plan for safety with a home safety check. Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Inspect or install fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of any fire hazards.


With some simple preparation, we can be ready for all that fall has to offer, from football to frosty nights.


Here is another great fall maintenance checklist for your home.

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