Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Windows & Doors

Seal leaky windows and doors with spray foam, caulk, or weather stripping.


At least once or twice a year, check your roof or hire a professional to do so, especially after extreme weather events.


Preventing gutter overflow is important; just make sure you always practice ladder safety when cleaning out fall leaves (or hire a professional).

Smoke Detector

Clocks aren’t the only wall hangings worth adjusting during day-light savings time. Make sure you check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace their batteries as needed.


When temperatures fall, consider investing in a programmable thermostat to save energy and money while staying warm.

Healthy Lawn

Once leaves start falling, keep your soil healthy by mulching them with a mower. One pass every four days should do the trick. Or, be sure to rake the leaves. Leaves can kill your grass if left on the ground for a prolonged period of time.


The start of fall means fireside stories are just around the corner. Check your chimney and have it swept when 1/8-inch of sooty buildup is present.


Dry firewood should be stored at least 15 feet from your home. Large amounts of wood should not be stored in the home, due to the risk of termite infestation.

Lawn Equipment

Once summer ends, your lawn equipment will probably go into hibernation all winter—so make sure it’s stored properly. Empty unused fuel from lawnmowers to prevent sediment buildup.

Source: Allstate via American Home Shield


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