Fall is probably the best season to focus on home maintenance. The weather is bearable after a hot, humid summer and the kids are back in school, giving you more time to get projects done. On the flip side, it’s easy to forget about fall maintenance with the back-to-school rush and spending weekends picking apples.

Either way, it can often be tough to figure out where to start.

Whether you’re about to add your property to the selection of houses for sale on the MLS listings, or you simply want a refresh for you and your family to enjoy, fall is pretty much the last time before spring where you can really work on your house.

Here’s a list of five autumn maintenance tips that you shouldn’t forget about.

Clean your gutters

Leaves, twigs and other debris collect in your gutters. And when it rains or snows, your gutters can get clogged and trap water and dirt. Eventually, it could lead to overpowering your downspout and causing flooding. So get a ladder and get up there and clean it out. While you’re at it, make sure your downspouts extend at least five feet away from your house to prevent foundation problems and if they don’t, simply add a $20 extension. These simple and inexpensive fixes can prevent pricey basement floods in the future

Seal cracks around window and doors

If you want to reduce your utility bills in the winter, then fall is the best time to insulate your house. Check for any drafts around your windows and then seal it up by re-caulking. Caulk can be as cheap as $5 a tube, but it can save hundreds on the heating bill in cold winters. While you’re at it, why not wrap your exterior water pipes with some heating tapes to prevent them from freezing in the winter.

Prune trees

It’s best to prune trees in the Fall when all plants are done growing after summer. Cut any branches that are getting too close to your house. The last thing you want is a branch breaking from the weight of ice or high winds right onto your roof or car.

Safety and security review

Fall is a good time to update your security systems. That includes checking smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working with batteries and having any wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys cleaned.

This also includes reviewing your alarm system, or installing one if necessary. As well, ask yourself if it’s a good time to change the locks or add a video doorbell or any motion detectors around the property. Then you’ll be able to spend winter all cozy inside with peace of mind.

Inspect and clean furnace

Your furnace will be working on overdrive in a few months so now is the best time to make sure it’s working properly. Unplug the power source to check the filter system, the blower, and the motor. Clean and wipe down all parts. Get out as much grime and dirt as necessary.

And with those five home maintenance tips your home will be well on its way to being ready for winter!

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