The 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. Items on the fall checklist are designed to prepare your home for cooler weather, from replacing heating and cooling system filters to checking weather-stripping on doors and windows.

Check out Tackling Fall Maintenance and Weatherization Chores for more info.

See how we helped some first-time homeowners take on the list in the “4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Fall” episode of Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford.

Cleaning leaves out of gutters.
Cleaning leaves out of gutters.

Fall Checklist

Top 10 Must Do

  1. Replace air conditioning/heating system filters. Vacuum the area behind filters.
  2. Clean and inspect gutters/downspouts. Repair if needed.
  3. Rake leaves from the lawn.
  4. Drain gas from the lawnmower. Tune up the engine and sharpen the blade.
  5. Install storm windows and storm doors.
  6. Drain and flush the water heater.
  7. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  8. Check all weatherstripping on doors and windows. Replace if damaged.
  9. Drain lawn irrigation system.
  10. Caulk all cracks on exterior of home.

Pruning shrubs

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