The best way to maintain the value of your home is with regular and consistent maintenance, and the best time to do thorough checks of your house is when the seasons change. Arguably, fall home maintenance is the most important.
Depending on where you live, fall and winter can cause a lot of damage, so it’s important to take care of problems before the cold, wet weather hits. This fall home maintenance checklist will get you off to a great start for making sure your house is prepared for everything fall and winter throw at it.
- Clean gutters and downspouts of any leaves and debris.
- Check gutter and downspout alignment to make sure water collects properly and drains away from the house.
- Trim trees and make sure any branches are at least two feet away from the house.
- Inspect roof for any damage, leaks, missing shingles, etc. Clear away and tree branches, debris, etc.
- Rake leaves and clean up the yard as necessary.
- Cover air conditioning unit.
- Drain outdoor faucets, hoses and sprinkler systems.
- Inspect exterior foundation and look for any cracks. Repair as needed.
- Inspect under siding to make sure there are no places for pests or rodents to get in the house.
- Inspect exterior lighting, replace bulbs and reset timers as needed.
- Check the grading around the house and make sure it slopes away from the house.
- Look for any cracks in the concrete around your house (ie – steps, driveway, etc). If they go un-fixed they can get worse over the winter.
- Have furnace inspected and replace filter.
- Check for gaps around windows and caulk/seal as necessary.
- Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check pipes and faucets for any leaks.
- Clear forced air vents of any obstructions.
- Have the chimney cleaned and inspected.
- Inspect the weather stripping around doors and replace as needed.
For more helpful info check out my fall and winter home maintenance boards on Pinterest. What else would you add to these lists?