Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist – AUTUMN

To keep your home in great shape and prevent unnecessary expenses for repairs, we suggest following the outlined checklist for each season. Be sure to check back soon for the next installment!

Many of these tasks are relatively easy to do, even with little or no experience. However, for homeowners who may not feel confident in their ability to inspect or maintain these items, we recommend hiring a licensed professional to assist with the following seasonal maintenance tasks:

Outside Your Home:

             Drain outdoor faucets and hoses
             Clean window wells and check weep hole drainage
             Clean gutters and downspouts
             Trim tree limbs a minimum of 6 feet away from roof areas (prevents roof access to rodents)
             Inspect the roof and roof vents
             Check attic vents
             Repair any broken or cracked glass
             Clean dryer vent system
             Ensure exhaust ducts are clear
             Clean outdoor air intakes and screens
             Inspect weather stripping on all doors
             Check water meter for leaks
             Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, termites, etc.

Plumbing, Fixtures & Appliances:

             Check hot water heater for leaks
             Check drain and supply line for leaks
             Check bath and kitchen exhaust fan operation
             Clean aerators on faucets and shower heads
             Flush hot water heaters
             Clean and tune oven/ranges
             Dust or vacuum ceiling fan blades

HVAC Equipment:

             Replace filters every 30-60 days
             Visually inspect air conditioning unit
             Clean and tune furnace/heat pump
             Clear any debris around outdoor condensing unit

Electrical Equipment:

             Check for damaged cords
             Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
             Test GFCI receptacles

A little bit of TLC can go a long way toward keeping your home looking and functioning like new! Be sure to check back for more tips and follow Brown Homes on social media to be the first to hear about the latest updates.