This year, fall officially begins at 10:21 a.m. on September 22, 2016. For homeowners, this usually means that we have to seriously begin thinking about preparing our home for winter. If you are a new owner, you may not yet have developed the habit of knowing exactly what to do; therefore, here is a sample Home Maintenance Plan to get you started. Keep this checklist handy so that you can add whatever tasks you think of to keep your home in good condition over the long term.
Fall Home Maintenance Plan
- Your heating system needs to be serviced annually. Fall is the best time to get this done, as this ensures your system will be fully operational before the arrival of winter. If your furnace has a fan belt, it needs to be checked for signs of wear, looseness and noise level, and cleaned and/or replaced where necessary. Forced air filters should be cleaned or replaced every month during the winter season. Make sure that all air ducts are free of dust and dirt and that the joints are properly sealed.
- Chimneys should be checked for any obstructions, such as birds’ nests.
- Vacuum all electric baseboard heaters, and/or all air vents and ventilation grills.
- Verify the condition of bathroom exhaust fans and range g\hoods, and make sure that there is sufficient air flow to the outside.
- Replace the batteries on all smoke and security alarms.
- Make sure that all doors and windows seal properly and replace the weatherstripping where necessary.
- Cover the outside portions of air conditioning units and shut off the electrical power.
- Clean the leaves and dirt from the eavestroughs and the roof
- Clean and then store all outdoor furniture and accessories, and cover your young trees and shrubs to protect them from the harshness of winter.