It’s important to prepare your home before the winter months to prevent costly damage and increase energy efficiency. We compiled a list below of the top 25 fall home maintenance tips. Feel free to post comments if you feel like we missed anything or if you have questions!
Windows and Doors
1. Check around all windows and doors for drafts
Temperature and humidity changes can cause window seals to crack. Install weather stripping as needed and fill cracks or holes with caulk.
2. Replace window screens with storm windows
This should help to reduce heating costs.
3. Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation.
4. Install new carbon monoxide detectors near ANY heat sources
Carbon Monoxide is colorless and odorless. Make sure your family is safe.
5. Inspect all wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys for blockages
Hire a professional to sweep chimneys at least once every two years.
6. Clean or replace all furnace filters
We highly recommend hiring a professional to service your furnace which will help to prevent unexpected failure on cold days.
Ventilation and Insulation
7. Check attic insulation to make sure it is fully in tact
Add more if needed to increase energy efficiency
8. Check all attic vents to ensure they are clear of plants and debris
This is essential to ensure moisture is able to leave your attic.
9. Clean lint out of dryer vents
This should be done twice per year. Having clean dryer vents prevents fires and decreases the time it takes to dry your clothes.
10. Flush sediment out of your water heater
This easy task is a great way to extend the life of your water heater and substantially increase efficiency.
11. Wrap pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape
This will save energy and prevent freezing on cold days.
12. Lower fall temperatures make a great environment for exterior painting
Just check your paint can to make sure it isn’t too cold to apply new paint.
13. Store latex and acrylic paint in a warm place if you have an unfinished basement
Freezing temperatures can ruin paint.
14. Clean dead leaves and debris out of gutters and downspouts
Blockages can cause ice buildup after winter storms.
15. Direct drainage away from your house
This will help to prevent water leaking into the basement and ice buildup around your home.
16. Turn off valves to exterior hoses then run your hoses until they are completely empty
Flushing water out of your exterior hoses is very important to prevent them from bursting after a winter freeze.
17. Drain and turn off your sprinkler system
Hire a professional who can blow our your sprinkler lines to prevent the pipes from bursting during freezing temperatures.
18. Have a professional inspect your roof for any damaged shingles or flashings
This will help to prevent leaks and ice dams after winter storms.
Landscaping and Yardwork
19. Rake leaves and make sure the grass is cut before the first snowfall
Large wet leaves can suffocate and kill your grass.
20. Fall is a great time to fertilize turf grasses
Use natural fertilizer if possible for a better looking lawn in the springtime.
21. Trim dead branches from trees near your home
Falling branches during winter storms can cause significant damage.
22. Clean garden tools after you’re done with them for the season
This will increase the useful life of your tools.
23. Winterize your lawnmower and other gas powered lawn tools
Many professionals recommend adding fuel stabilizer (only costs about $10) to keep gasoline from degrading. If your gas contains ethanol, don’t add stabilizer. Just run the engine until the tank is empty.
24. Winterize your gas grill
Shut off the gas, unfasten your burners and add cooking oil to burners and other metal parts to repel moisture.
25. Schedule your Annual Property Review
Fall is a great time to schedule an annual property review with a professional to prevent unexpected costly repairs and make sure everything is in check! They generally only cost around $150. More info here.
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Comment below with any of your home maintenance questions. Also, feel free to let us know if you think we missed any important home maintenance tips.