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Your Home's Fall Checklist

It's time to prepare your home to withstand winter's frosty bite.
Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big
difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well
with-in the average person's ability. But even if you choose to have a
professional handle them, it's worth the expense. You'll save money -- and
maybe even your life.

Here's the checklist at a glance. See the following pages for more detailed
guidance.

Get your mind in the gutters.
Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.

Button up your overcoat.
 Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and
caulk.

Get on top of roof problems.

 Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or
leaky vents.


Walks the walks (and drives).
Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
Chill out.
 Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.

Freshen your filter.
 Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.

Give your furnace a physical.
 Have a professional inspect your heating system.

Gather round the hearth.
 Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit
from a reputable chimney sweep.


Keep the humidifier humming.
Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.

Head-off gas problems.
If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform
any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.


Keep the wood fires burning brightly.
 Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.

Keep your family safe at home.
A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household.
Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your
home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.
Get your mind in the gutters.
 Your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water
from your house's exterior and foundation walls. That's why it is so important to keep this system flowing
smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also
more prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with
mesh guards to keep debris from returning.


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Your Home's Fall Checklist
9/30/2014

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