Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Replace batteries and test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. A good time to perform this maintenance is when daylight savings time ends, even if you are in an area that doesn’t “fall back”.
Have fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned to remove nests or other obstructions. Make sure the damper operates properly.
Have HVAC System inspected and serviced by a professional technician. Ask neighbors or friends for recommendations of trustworthy and reputable professionals. Clean/replace filters and dust or vacuum intake covers to remove built up dust.
Vacuum or dust electric baseboards to avoid fire hazard.
Have well water tested. (Recommended every 6 months)
Pressure wash exterior siding to remove growth of mold or algae.
Pull out your dryer and vacuum lint from hose to avoid potential fire hazard.
Mulch when you mow. No need to spend hours raking and bagging leaves when your lawn can benefit from mulching them in the fall for a greener lawn come spring.
Fall is a good time to re-apply mulch. Protect young trees and shrubs by laying down thick layer of mulch. The benefits are great; it retains moisture, moderates soil temperature and helps control weeds.
Energy savings- Check air leaks. Inspect the caulking and seals around windows, outlets, switches and doors. Add or replace weather stripping if needed. Even floor registers can leak air.
Keep it warm on chilly nights by adding insulation to your attic. The insulation should be about 10-14 inches deep.
Programmable thermostats are better for the environment and cost effective. They contain no mercury and using less energy reduces greenhouse-gas emissions associated with energy production.
Check your roof for leaks. Be sure to contact a professional if the leak is too high, in a ridge or underneath the roofing.