Fall Home Maintenance Projects – Fall is the season that many of us love. The leaves are changing color, apple season has arrived, and Starbucks has already been selling pumpkin spice lattes since August.
But there is one thing that many are not prepared for and that is fall home maintenance projects.
With summer over, vacations are done, and kids are back at school, the fall season is the time when many of us begin to pack up, close up, and clean up all our summer projects and prepare for the cold months ahead while we stay indoors.
Except those of you lucky enough to live in warmer climates, but you might have other issues to deal with.
Even though I live in the Pacific Northwest, and the winters aren’t as harsh as those in the mid-west or east coast, so I tend to push home projects off monthly until it’s too late.
But there has been one point in my life that I lived in middle Canada, where the winters were dark and the temperatures were harsh, so I know that fall home projects need to be done quickly before Costco starts selling Christmas decorations in September.
If you are looking for a list of home maintenance projects to start in the fall, then I might have the right list for you.
While some of these suggestions may not work for every homeowner, it’s a great guide to start with.
Ready to start some projects? Then keep reading to find some ideas to start with.
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Fall Home Maintenance Projects
Let’s be honest, you either the type of person who loves DIY home improvement projects or would rather pay someone else to help you avoid projects altogether.
I oftentimes lean toward paying someone, because I am the type of person who will put together an IKEA Cabinet and have extra bolts left over. I don’t think that is what the makers of IKEA cabinets have intended.
P.S. If you come over to my house, don’t lean on the IKEA furniture, I don’t think I put them together properly.
But, if you are the type of person who loves DIY home projects, this DIY home maintenance for the fall list will help accomplish home choirs over the weekend, in a couple of weeks, or a couple of months.
If you have figured out the best way to accomplish the work around the house, its time to come up with a plan and find the projects that need to be done first!
If you know there is a good stretch of nice weather ahead, tackle the outdoor projects, and then move indoors when things begin to get cooler and wetter outside.
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Fall Home Maintenance Projects: Home Exterior
1. Wash your windows – With all of the pollen that has baked on your windows for months, it’s time to make your windows shine.
I would suggest, a Squeegee Window Cleaner for hard to reach areas, 30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner that cleans stains from Algae, Mold and Mildew, and a Telescoping Watering Sprayer to reach high windows.
2. Clean gutters and downspouts – This job requires a ladder, but it’s very important to clear away any debris from your gutters and downspouts.
Why? Because a gutter clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
Plus, it makes for a nice home for those pesky rodents.
3. Do a walk around your property – Ensure the structure of your house is going to be able to withstand the harsh winter elements ahead. Inspect your roof, foundation, and siding and make any needed repairs.
4. Check for air drafts – Inspect your windows, doors, and frames and make any needed repairs like adding weather stripping to all your external doors and applying window insulator film to stop cold air from coming into the house.
5. Check that any exposed pipes (such as in your crawl space) are well insulated, and find the water shut-off valve for the outside hoses and shut them off.
Side Note: New homeowner maintenance tips you have to be aware of is to make sure you shut off all outside values to avoid your lines from freezing. This can potentially cause a pipe burst and have water spraying like a pressure hose all over your neighbor’s yard. (This happened to me, and it was a costly lesson.)
6. Pressure wash the house exterior – This is one of those fall home projects that should be done in the fall and early spring. With the elements that a house faces daily from the sun, wind, and rain, a house can get pretty dirty over time.
If you are thinking of doing this yourself, I would suggest purchasing a pressure washer because you will need for so many other things around the house.
Fall Home Maintenance Projects: The Property
1. Trim and prune trees and shrubs – If you want to prune in fall, wait until trees drop their leaves and are dormant—usually October or November.
2. Rake leaves – Raking leaves off of the lawn allows the grass blades to breathe and absorb moisture for thirsty roots.
If you do not rake the leaves from the grass, they slowly form a wet barrier. Pathogens can easily breed on the damp leaves, which causes widespread damage to the turf below.
3. Fertilize and reseed the lawn – According to Scotts.com, In the Northern part of the country, the best time to overseed your lawn is in the fall, when the soil is still warm but the air is cooler, and there are fewer weeds for new grass to compete against.
Since your trees are starting to shed their leaves, there’s plenty of sunlight. Also, diseases that attack seedlings are less active.
4. Clean, winterize, and store your lawnmower, outdoor tools, and grill – This is the perfect time to give some TLC to the tools that were used the most over the summer season.
Make sure that you give a good cleaning for each of these tools because if you don’t, you will be in for a huge surprise in the spring.
Surprises like moldy grass inside a lawnmower grass bag, or moldy grills from a neglected BBQ grill.
5. Clean, store, and cover all of your outdoor furniture – To keep your outdoor furniture lasting a long time, store everything either in a shed, dry storage space, under a tarp, or indoors.
6. Inspect outdoor walkways – Check your porch, steps, sidewalks, deck, and patio just to make sure you eliminate walking or snow-shoveling hazards that can and will happen if you don’t take care.
7. Add outdoor lighting around your home – Fall and winter months tend to get darker outside quickly, so by adding some outdoor lighting like solar-powered walkway lights, rope lights (which are great for lighting deck railings, wrapping tree trunks, and lining sidewalks.), and motion detection lights, improve safety and security while enhancing outdoor living areas.
8. Turn off exterior faucets – I know I have mentioned this already, but this is one of those home maintenance tips for new homeowners that are worth repeating. You don’t want you to go through what I had to go through when my outside pipes burst. $$$$
Oh, and don’t forget to drain your hoses before putting them away for the season.
Fall Home Maintenance Projects: Home Interior
- Wash your windows
- Clean the dryer vent(Not only can the lint catch fire due to buildup, but if a fire were to start due to other circumstances, the lint would provide fuel, causing the fire to grow. Cleaning a dryer vent not only keeps your home safe but keeps your dryer working properly and efficiently.)
- Shampoo carpets
- Decluttering and dispose of the items appropriately (Donate clothes, and books to a charity, sell stuff on FB marketplace or have a fall garage sale.)
- Clean and dust baseboards everywhere around the home
- Clean your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry
- Purchase winter food supplies that can be stocked in advance just in case a winter storm comes in and you can’t access your car to drive to a grocery store. Or, if a zombie apocalypse happens.
- Purchase household basics that can be stocked in advance. For that zombie apocalypse if it happens.
- Wash and rehang curtains
- Dust blinds and shades
- Give your oven a thorough cleaning
- Vacuum under and behind couches and beds
- Wash bed pillows, comforters, and mattress pads
- Switch lightweight comforters to warmer beddings
- Collect your cold-weather supplies – shovels, ice scrapers, snow blower, emergency kits for car and home – in an easy-to-access location
- Dust all ceiling fans, reverse their direction to blow warm air downward
- Flip or rotate all mattresses
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguisher, and flashlights, replace batteries as needed, and purchase extra batteries to have on hand
- Replace summer screens with storm windows and doors
Fall Home Maintenance Projects: Hire A Professional
1. Chimney Inspection – If you have a chimney and would like to use it to keep your house nice and warm throughout the cold-weather season, have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned.
Plus, have a cap installed at the top of the chimney to help stop rodents and birds from getting trapped inside the chimney.
2. Snow removal – schedule plan to have someone shovel snow from your driveway and sidewalks, if you plan on not doing this task yourself.
3. Furnace & Boiler – Annual fall maintenance, including a thorough examination and cleaning of the parts that commonly malfunction, like the air filter, the fan, the pilot light, and the heat exchanger, can usually prevent problems.
4. Check your roof – Even if your roof isn’t old, having it professionally inspected and making needed repairs, especially if you live in a rainy or snowy climate.
5. Closing the pool – Cover the pool in the early fall helps makes it easier to before the leaves begin to fall. Freezing temperatures are an important threat in two ways: 1) Freezing water can do serious damage to pool components if you haven’t properly closed the pool. – according to Crystalpoolsinc.com
Is there any fall home maintenance tips that I have left off this list that should be added, please feel free to comment below as I would love to hear from you.
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