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8 Home Maintenance Things You Gotta Do This Fall

Monday, September 12th, 2022 by Hannah Holland


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Ah, fall. The season of falling leaves, football season, and pumpkin-spice everything. It's also the perfect season to make sure your home is ready for winter. Prepare your home by following this checklist for must-do repairs.

1. Clean out the gutters and downspouts

Once most leaves have fallen, prepare for the winter snow by cleaning your gutters and downspouts.

Clearing clogged gutters prevents water damage to the house and ice dams on the roof. 

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2. Keep the warmth in 

Control energy costs by checking your windows and doors for any leaks and drafts. If you find any gaps in doors and windows, give us a call. It could be a sign your foundation is settling.

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3. Water your lawn

Water your lawn? In the fall? Yep.

Surprisingly, fall is one of the best times to give a little TLC to your lawn. That extra water helps it recover from the summer heat and get ready for the winter ahead. 

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4. Keep window wells clean

Neglecting your window wells can lead to water finding its way in. If your window well isn't clean, leaves can actually prevent water fromd raining and put pressure on your window, potentially breaking it. Make sure they're clear of debris and if necessary, buy a cover for your well.

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5. Make exterior repairs

Take a walk around your house and look for signs of damage. Pay attention to your roof, siding, and foundation. If you see anything concerning, schedule maintenance before window hits. 

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6. Seal gaps where critters could enter

Mice are so cute. But not when they're in your house. Critters look for warm shelter when it's cold out. Make sure to cover any gaps you find, especially if you have a crawl space.

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7. Check sidewalks, stairs, and driveways

Waking up to a winter wonderland is lovely. But not when it's 7:55am, you're running late to work, and you slip, trip on the front steps and break the railing in a matter of 5 seconds.

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Make sure your stairs are in good shape with sturdy railings, and the driveway doesn't need any concrete repair to make shoveling easier. 

 

8. Step on some crunchy leaves

No real reason for this, it's just fun. 

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About the author

Hannah Holland, Content Marketing Specialist

Hannah Holland is our Content Marketing Specialist, where she focuses on educating, guiding, and helping homeowners make the best decision for their homes.

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