Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Autumn Home Maintenance Plan

In keeping with my Autumn post, Service Magic has a handy Home Maintenance Plan on their website to help you determine which tasks need to be done in Autumn. You can check off when tasks have been completed, remove tasks that don't pertain to your home, and find professionals to help (if needed). Their suggestions for Autumn are (items italicized were added by me):

  • Clean curtains/blinds/drapes
  • Clean upholstery & furniture
  • Tune up dishwasher
  • Tune up furnace
  • Replace or clean furnace filter
  • Hire pest control service
  • Inspect water heater
  • Install weatherstripping (test windows for drafts)
  • Install/remove storm windows
  • Seal counter tops
  • Vacuum coils behind fridge
  • Winterize swamp cooler
  • Check interior/exterior light bulbs *
  • Check GFIs *
  • Clean garbage disposal *
  • Clean range hood *
  • Clean tile grout *
  • Security system check *
  • Replace furnace (every 20-25 years)
  • Upgrade insulation (every 6 years or as needed)
  • Ensure roof vents are not obstructed in attic
  • Bleed radiators (if you have them)
  • Clean gutters
  • Clean/inspect chimney
  • Install/remove window screens
  • Repair/seal roof
  • Wash windows
  • Seal windows
  • Clean swimming pool *
  • Turn off exterior water supply
  • Trim back tree branches and shrubs to ensure they are not in contact with house
  • Inspect exterior walls and foundation for cracking or moisture seepage
  • Ensure overhead wires coming to the house are clear of trees
  • Open/close pool
  • Winterize sprinklers
  • Seal driveway (every 2-3 years)
  • Resod lawn
* indicates monthly tasks

What additional tasks do you do in Autumn to prepare your home for the long winter?

1 comment:

  1. These are some great home maintenance ideas. For help on how to complete the more difficult ones, I recommend using an online guide, such as


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