Clear gutters. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts, ensuring water is free-flowing to prevent damage to your home’s roof or foundation.
- Inspect the roof. Check for damaged or missing tiles to prevent leaks in wet weather and, if necessary, book professional maintenance.
- Weatherproof windows and doors. Inspect for gaps and drafts around windows and doors. Seal cracks with weatherstripping or caulk to improve insulation and reduce energy costs.
- Pest control. Seal cracks and openings where pests might enter your home to seek warmth in the cooler months.
HVAC maintenance. Schedule a professional HVAC inspection and tune-up to ensure your heating system is in top shape ahead of winter.
- Inspect the chimney and fireplace. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional before cold weather arrives.
- Check insulation and ventilation in the attic and walls. Make sure the insulation is in good condition and consider adding more if needed. Ensure your attic is properly ventilated to prevent ice dams.
- Drain outdoor pipes and hoses. This prevents freezing and potential pipe damage in winter.
- Lawn and garden care. Trim trees and bushes away from your home’s exterior to prevent storm damage. Rake leaves and remove debris from the yard to promote healthy grass growth in spring.
- Deck and patio upkeep. Inspect your deck and patio for damage, such as loose boards and cracks. Clean and seal the deck to protect it from fall and winter moisture.
- Clean and store summer equipment. Clean and store your lawnmower, barbecue and other summer items properly. Drain fuel and perform any necessary maintenance.