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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is over and it’s time to give your home the once over and prepare for the winter months ahead, figure out what needs to be done, and schedule the work so your home is in tip-top shape for the colder weather ahead. Use this checklist to get your home fall ready: SAFETY
  • Install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important to do monthly testing)
  • Dust and test all detectors
  • Check fire extinguishers (at least once a month)
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Schedule chimney and flue inspection and cleaning
  • Schedule fireplace inspection
  • Schedule an electrical inspection (if electrical hasn’t been inspected in over 5 years)
MECHANICS & SYSTEMS
  • Clean or replace furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Schedule furnace inspection
  • Cover or wrap air conditioner
  • Have humidifier and HRV (heat recovery unit) serviced
  • Drain sediment from water heater
  • Check septic system
  • Check and clean clothes dryer vent
  • Insulate exposed pipes or pipes that pass through a cold zone or along an exterior wall
  • Inspect floor drains to ensure trap is filled with water
KITCHEN & BATHROOM
  • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
  • Test and clean kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
EXTERIOR
  • Check exterior finishes and cladding for damage
  • Check exterior caulking around windows, doors, venting and openings for air and water leaks – re: caulk, if needed
  • Remove screens and install storm windows
  • Install weather stripping around doors
  • Drain exterior water lines
  • Turn off outdoor water supply and store hoses
  • Inspect deck and schedule necessary repairs
  • Cover and store outdoor furniture
  • Check garage door tracks and lubricate bearings – if you have any concerns call in a pro.
  • Winterize landscaping and remove leaves
ROOF & ATTIC
  • Inspect roof for damage including shingles, flashing and venting – schedule re-roofing/repair if necessary
  • Check attic for condensation and humidity
  • Make sure insulation does not block soffits or venting
  • Add extra insulation (minimum of 12-15” blown-in insulation
  • Make sure vapour barrier is properly sealed
  • Check and clean eavestroughs/gutters