Fall is almost upon us. Are you and your home ready for the coming season? If you’re not sure, you’re in luck. We’ve put together the ultimate fall home maintenance checklist to help you make sure that you have all your key maintenance tasks covered. Read on below to see if you have anything left to do. If you complete all the tasks on this list, you can rest easy knowing that your home will stay safe and dry all season long.

Clean out your gutters

The season is changing and with it comes falling leaves and heavy rainstorms. Do your best to make sure that your gutters are clear to handle any of these occurrences and the resulting muck. Unfortunately, when left untreated, clogs can cause pooling, standing water and runoff in inappropriate locations, which can lead to water damage.

Seal up windows, doors and cracks

As the weather turns colder, gaps and cracks in a house can become readily apparent. On the one hand, doors and windows can let in airflow, resulting in chilly rooms and increased heating bills.  On the other, small, unnoticed cracks on the exterior of your home can provide entry points for mice and other pests that are trying to escape dropping temperatures.

Service your heater and fireplace

On a cold, winter day, the last thing you want is to discover that your main heat source is broken. With that in mind, it’s crucial to take care of home maintenance before disaster strikes. Take time in the fall – before bitter temps truly hit – to have your heater and fireplace serviced. That way, you can make sure that your family stays warm all winter long.

Prune and rake your landscaping

Yes, the leaves on your landscaping will fall off on their own, but nearly all prudent gardening advice recommends pruning them anyway. If you do so, they will have much better growth the following spring. Additionally, though it may be a hassle to keep up with on a regular basis, you really should dispose of the leaves on your lawn rather than letting them decompose naturally. Choosing not to rake could inhibit your grass growth next year.




Mastroeni, T. (2018, September 26). Fall is Coming: Follow This Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist To Keep Your Family Cozy All Season Long. Retrieved from https://www.freshhome.com

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