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Fall Checklist and Colder Weather Maintenance

Between apple picking, cheering on your favorite football team and pumpkin carving this Autumn, be sure you take the time to prepare your home for the approaching cold weather season! There are some important home maintenance tasks you should tackle to make sure your home is functioning as it should.


  • Change your air filters.

  • Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

  • Schedule a service call to have your furnace checked.

  • Prepare an “emergency” kit in case of power outages from snow and ice storms with some key items: food, important documents, family photos, flashlights and batteries.


  • Inspect your roof for soft spots and damaged shingles.

  • Inspect your siding for any holes (may indicate an insect problem) and mold (may indicate water damage).

  • Clean your gutters after the leaves have fallen.

  • Install storm windows, put winter plastic on inside window or use energy saver curtains on them to prevent heat from escaping.

  • Add weather stripping to doors

  • Check your HVAC system for any smells or sounds that could indicate leaks and wrap pipes in unheated locations.

  • Repair any cracks in your driveway.

  • Trim back any foliage that is around your home units, decks, and windows.

  • Spray your garbage cans and recycling bins with a bleach cleaner and rinse them off with a hose.

  • Sweep your deck, thoroughly clean the boards, and apply a new coat of sealant.

  • Prep your lawn for the Fall months

  • Empty and disconnect your garden hose.

  • Give your fireplace a onceover. Grab a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace flue to make sure the damper opens and closes properly.

Take advantage of the cool weather while you can and work on some simple home projects that will keep your house maintained and efficient! Keeping these tips and suggestions in mind will help you avoid common cold weather problems.