Fall Maintenance Checklist

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Now that the cooler temperatures have arrived it is time to start thinking about getting your home ready for that first freeze. This fall maintenance checklist will ensure you don’t forget anything!


  • Bring plants indoors
    • Not all plants can survive the frost/thaw cycles or winter temperatures. The transition should be gradual so that your plants are not shocked, bring your plants into a shady spot for a few days before coming indoors. The best time to do so is when you have all the windows open and the inside and outside temps are similar, don’t wait until the night of the first frost! Make sure you have a clean area near sunlight and away from any pets or children who may harm the plants. Also be sure to check your plants for any pests or diseases before the transition, bring only healthy plants inside.
  • Trim trees, bushes and perennials
    • Remove any shrubs or bushes that may have died
    • Mulch perennials. The best time to mulch these hardy plants is after the first hard freeze.
  • Plant spring bulbs
  • Wash outdoor rugs before storing
  • Clean grill and cover and/or store
  • Clean patio furniture before covering or storing
  • Remove hoses from outdoor spigots, turn off outdoor valves and empty sprinkler systems
  • Cut down and remove dead trees and hanging tree branches
    • Specifically check for limbs hanging over your home, walkways and driveway
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Fertilize and reseed your lawn
  • Wash your windows
  • Winterize all gas-operated lawn equipment
    • Remove oil and gas plus any clippings from lawn mower and weed trimmer. Remove all gas from leaf blowers and chain saws. Store clean in a dry location.
  • Inspect and repair snow blower before first use, plus purchase ice melt
  • Rake and remove fallen leaves
  • Clear out any leaves or debris from basement window well covers and inspect windows for cracks or leaks
  • Remove all soil from pots and planters kept outdoors, soil left in clay pots can cause cracks if frozen.



  • Replace your furnace filter and have a professional inspect it
  • Remove or cover window A/C units
  • Weatherize your home
    • Install weather stripping on exterior doors
    • Caulk windows
    • Remove and wash screens
    • Wash and install storm windows
    • Seal old windows with special plastic
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Set thermostat for cooler weather
  • Clean your fireplace and chimney, plus inspect for damage. Be sure you are stocked up on firewood!
  • Reverse your fan, by turning clockwise the warm air will circulate down
  • Clean your carpets
  • Change air filters
  • Insulate exposed water pipes to keep them from freezing
  • Have gas fireplace and gas lines inspected.
  • Drain your hot water heater and remove any sediment which could clog pipes.
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Clean and set up humidifier
  • Bleed radiators


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