Autumn Home Checklist

Autumn Home Checklist

Autumn Home Checklist 


Now that fall has arrived, there are a few things to do to ensure your home is properly prepared for whatever winter brings.

  1. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.

  2. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.

  3. Have your roof inspected for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. Repair as needed.

  4. Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.

  5. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.

  6. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.

  7. Have a professional inspect your heating system.

  8. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.

  9. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.

  10. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.


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