Fall Home Maintenance Checklist [DOWNLOAD]

The end of summer is upon us, the nights are getting cooler and before we know it the snow will be flying. There are many Mainers happy to see the return of the autumn leaves changing color and pumpkin spice everything. While the weather is still pleasant, homeowners should take advantage of the weekends to get their home ready for the harsher winter weather to come.

Taking time now to tackle a few simple chores is sure to make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring. Prepare your home for the elements with our quick and easy fall home maintenance checklist!

[DOWNLOAD] Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Maintenance Checklist.pdf


Start with the outside

  • 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

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


As you can see, that wasn’t so hard! Home maintenance is key if you want to keep your home in tip, top shape; especially if you’re looking to list your home for sale in the fall. Now you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter. And you’ll even have more time to greet the little ghosts and goblins that invade your neighborhood and put up holiday decorations! 

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