Fall home maintenance checklist: 18 ways to maintain and prepare your home for fall

Leaves building up on property


You’ve just returned from your summer vacation and you can already feel the weather starting to change. The leaves are beginning to turn and there’s a chill in the air. You know that it won’t be long before winter is here.

Before the snow starts to fall, it’s important to take some time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead.

Let’s get started!

Why you should prepare your home for fall

As the weather cools, it’s important to take some time to maintain your home during fall.

I know that preparing your home for fall can seem like a lot of work. But by taking care of a few key things now, you can avoid any major problems later on.

Here are a few reasons:  

  1. To prevent damage from winter weather: Winter weather can be tough on your home. From heavy snowfall to freezing temperatures, the winter months can take a toll on your property. By preparing your home for fall, you can help protect it from damage caused by winter weather.
  2. To save money on heating costs: Heating bills can be expensive during the winter months. But by taking some time to prepare your home for fall, you can help reduce your heating costs. Some simple things like sealing windows and doors can make a big difference in how much heat escapes from your home.
  3. To avoid problems with plumbing: Frozen pipes are one of the most common problems homeowners face during the winter months. By being better prepared during the fall weather, you can help prevent your pipes from freezing.

To help you stay on track and avoid these potential issues, here’s a helpful home maintenance checklist you can use this fall.

Fall home maintenance checklist

This checklist will help you make sure you don’t forget anything, both indoors and outdoors. So take a look and make sure you get all the tasks done before winter arrives!


Schedule a furnace inspection. Before the cold weather hits, it’s important to have your furnace inspected by a professional. This will help ensure that your furnace is running efficiently and safely.

Check for drafts and seal windows and doors. One of the best ways to reduce your heating costs is to make sure your home is well-sealed. Check for drafts around windows and doors and seal any gaps you find.

Change air filters. Dirty air filters can make your furnace work harder than it needs to. So be sure to change your air filters regularly.

Inspect chimneys. If you have a fireplace, it’s important to have your chimney inspected before you use it. This will help prevent any problems with smoke or fumes.

Reverse ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can help circulate warm air around your home. But during the winter months, you’ll want to reverse the direction of your ceiling fans so they spin clockwise. This will help push warm air down into your living space.

Service humidifier. If you have a humidifier, it’s important to have it serviced before you use it. This will help prevent any problems with mold or mildew.

Clean out the dryer vent. A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. So be sure to clean it out before you start using your dryer again.

Flush water heater. Flushing your water heater will help remove any sediment that has built up over time. This will help improve the efficiency of your water heater and extend its lifespan.


Inspect your roof. Fall is a good time to inspect your roof for any damage. Look for missing or damaged shingles and make any repairs as needed.

Trim trees and shrubs. Trimming trees and shrubs can help prevent damage to your home during the winter months.

Fertilize lawn. Fertilizing your lawn in the fall will help it stay green and healthy during the winter months.

Rake leaves. Raking leaves is an important part of fall yard maintenance. Not only does it help keep your yard looking tidy, but it also prevents leaves from clogging gutters and drains.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause all sorts of problems, from water damage to your home to foundation problems. So be sure to clean them out before the winter rains start.

Check for cracks in sidewalks and driveways. Cracks in sidewalks and driveways can become bigger and more dangerous in the winter. So it’s important to fill them in now.

Winterize the sprinkler system. If you have an irrigation system, it’s important to winterize it before the first freeze in fall (around the first week of November). This will help prevent any damage to the system.

Drain and store hoses. Be sure to drain and store your garden hoses before the first freeze. This will help prevent them from freezing and cracking to prolong your hoses’ lifespan.

Cover pool. If you have a pool, you should remove debris and cover your pool in the fall because it will help to keep the pool clean and free of new leaves and debris. And it will also help to keep the pool heater from working overtime.

Check faucets for leaks. Fall is a good time to check outdoor faucets for leaks and drips. Inspect all of the exterior faucets on your home. With the colder weather on its way, you don’t want to have to deal with a frozen and burst pipe. A small drip can waste a lot of water and money, so it’s best to fix it before the winter weather sets in.


By taking some time to prepare your home for fall, you can help avoid any major problems later on. Some simple things like sealing windows and doors, changing air filters, and servicing your humidifier can make a big difference in how well your home withstands the winter season later on.


Cristina Morizio

Long Island real estate agent Cristina Morizo
As an experienced REALTOR® and Long Island native, I know the ins and outs of the real estate market. I help home buyers, sellers, investors and homeowners navigate and negotiate. Questions? Ready to buy or sell? Let’s talk!

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