Home Maintenance - Fall Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

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Replace HVAC filters.

Check chimneys for obstructions. Remove any nests or other obstructions as needed. Install a chimney cap if necessary.

Check that heating system is working properly. Have serviced as needed.

Check that all windows are closed tight and locked.

  • Remove window screens to allow more passive solar heat in through windows.
  • Check caulking and weather-stripping, repair as needed.

Make sure ground around house has not settled enough that water will not drain away from foundation. Fill in as needed.

Clean gutters. Confirm downspouts are draining water away from foundation. Repair as needed. (Early to mid-December)

Disconnect hoses from water spigots not being used.

If you have a well, have it tested for safety. It is recommended to have it tested every 2 years for bacteria.

Check that exterior doors are closing tightly. Adjust door and thresholds as needed.

Close outside crawlspace vents.

Check bathroom exhaust fans

  • Confirm they are working properly so they will pull excessive moisture out of bathroom.
  • Look for any mold in bathroom. Repair any caulking around tub, shower and sink.

Activate humidifier in late November.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

  • Replace batteries and clean as needed. It is generally recommended to replace the batteries at least once a year, with local fire departments suggesting we replace them each time we change our clocks for Daylight Savings Time (twice a year). It is also recommended to actually replace smoke detectors every 10 years, and to have a combination of “photoelectric” (good at detecting smoldering fires) and “ionization” (good at detecting flaming fires) smoke detectors.