Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

A key to protecting the investment you’ve made in your home is by following a regular home maintenance schedule. By performing preventative maintenance on an on-going basis, you’ll avoid many of the big ticket repair items that can lower the value of your home.  Home Maintenance

Here are helpful checklists for monthly and Fall maintenance.


  • Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
  • Check the filters on your heating and cooling systems.  Be sure to clean and change according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
  • If you have a humidifier or an electronic air filter, check these as well.
  • Check faucets for drips.  Check plumbing for leaks.


Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide Detector

  • Change the batteries in both.  This should be done twice a year.

Furnace / Heating System

  • Have your system serviced by a qualified service company.
  • If you have electric baseboard heaters, vacuum them to remove dust.
  • Remove the grills on forced air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
  • If you use a portable humidifier, it’s time to clean it.

Water Heater

  • Extend its life expectancy by draining a gallon or two of water from your home water heater at least twice a year.

Windows and Doors

  • Put up storm windows.
  • Remove screens from the inside of casement windows to allow air from the heating system to keep condensation off window glass.
  • Ensure windows and skylights close tightly.
  • Make sure all doors to the outside shut tightly.  Renew weather stripping as required.


  • Check your chimney for obstructions, such as bird’s nests.
  • Clean gutters and test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.
  • Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall.  Remove mulch from the foundation wall as well.  This helps prevent water damage.
  • Drain the store outdoor hoses.  Prepare your outdoor faucet for winter freezes.
  • Protect young trees and bushes for winter and winterize gardens.
  • Trim shrubs and trees so that they clear the foundation, exterior walls, and roof of the house.
  • Store outdoor furniture.

Well / Septic Tank

  • If you have well water, test the water quality.  Testing for bacteria twice a year is suggested.
  • If you have a septic tank, measure the sludge and scum to determine if the tank needs to be emptied before spring.  As a general rule, septic tanks should be pumped out at least once every three years.

See also:  Winter ChecklistSpring ChecklistSummer Checklist

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