Now that we’re a few weeks into autumn, it’s time to start thinking about all the fall home maintenance tasks that should be done before winter begins – and with the way time zips along, the cold and darkness will be here soon enough! My husband and I like to get an early start on our fall chores, since there’s so much to do.

So here’s a checklist from that you might find helpful:

(Note: I know many readers may live in warm climates or may not live in a house, but hopefully there are useful things mentioned here that you can do to maintain your living space.)

  • Care for trees and shrubs.
  • Rake leaves, so the leaves on a lawn over winter don’t inhibit spring growth.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Make exterior repairs. Look for any signs of damage on the roof, siding, and foundation.
  • Seal gaps so cold and critters don’t enter.
  • Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway for winter safety.
  • Stock up on winter supplies.
    • Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; replace as needed.
    • Pick up a bag of pet- and plant-safe ice melt, if needed.
    • Restock emergency kits for car and home.
    • If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and purchase fuel.
  • Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses so the freezing temperatures don’t damage anything.
  • Add weatherstripping around the frames of windows and doors to keep the house warmer and to cut energy costs.
  • Check safety devices.
    • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.
    • Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.

And a few others – which my husband is big on doing! – from

  • Clean and stow your lawn mower.
  • Remove garden hoses from faucets so the hoses don’t freeze.
  • Drain your sprinkler system.

Along with doing those fall chores, one other thing is very, very important: Don’t forget to record your fall-related purchases! So if you buy a rake, record it! If you buy gas stabilizer to winterize your lawn mower, scan it! You get the picture …

Have a great weekend! Let me know if you have any fall maintenance tips and tricks. I’d love to hear all about them.

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