The Easy Peasy Fall Home Maintenance Checklist


Summer is finally over, and the nights are about to turn cool. Many of us are happy to see the return of autumn festivals, pumpkin spice everything, and the gorgeous change of leaves. While the weather is still pleasant, this is the time that homeowners need to take a weekend to get their homes ready for the harsher nights of winter. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Start with the outside stuff

  • Drain and stow hoses and sprinkler systems
  • Clean leaves and debris from gutters
  • Give your walkway railings and stairs a solid safety check
  • Drain your lawn mower and store it for the winter
  • Take your snow blower in for a pre-season service
  • Check outdoor lighting for burned out bulbs and damage
  • Fertilize and reseed your lawn
  • Inspect your home’s exterior for damage
    • Roof
    • Siding
    • Walkways
    • Driveways

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Next, keep Old Man Winter out of your home!

  • Check weather stripping on each exterior door
  • Check and replace worn weather stripping on all windows
  • If there are any particularly drafty places in your house, take time to investigate the source
  • Have a professional chimney sweep inspect for cracks and creosote
  • Have heating system serviced (Except for replacing filters, never attempt to service your own heater!)
  • Inspect attic vents and screens for integrity

Inside your abode

  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms
  • Replace batteries in CO detectors
  • Clean dryer vents
  • Check inspection dates on fire extinguishers
  • Deep clean under/behind oven and appliances that get hot
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils

See! That wasn’t so hard! Now break out your boots and flannel, head out to the fair, pick out your pumpkin, and get ready for all the little ghosts and goblins to invade your neighborhood!

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Retired US Navy Boatswain's Mate turned Real Estate Agent, Lynn Wayman has been a Hampton resident for more than a decade. Merging his creative talents as a writer with his genuine love for people, and military grade sense of honor, courage, and commitment, Lynn is happiest when he is serving the community, and seeing people succeed.
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