10 Must-Do Autumn Maintenance Tips for the Home

*I recently shared 10 must-haves for an emergency kit and since we are in the full-bloom of the Autumn season, I thought I would re-post some Fall maintenance tips for the home. Winter is fast approaching so if you haven’t thought about preparations yet, now would be a good time to start. πŸ™‚

10 Must-Do Autumn Maintenance Tips for the Home

Now that autumn is here, it’s time to prepare for the winter months by doing a little home maintenance. Here’s a check-list of some of the important things you should remember to do (or add to your husband’s “honey-do” list ;-)  )

1. Say goodbye to your summer “stuff”. It is time to clean and pack away all your summer furniture, toys, wading pools, garden hoses, etc.

2. Empty and stow away any gas-powered equipment; such as lawn mowers and grills. (Unless you are a die-hard griller and grill all winter like a friend of mine does, that is!)

3. Clean the gutters. It’s not a pleasant job but you should inspect your gutters every spring and autumn. Take the time to get rid of any debris or dirt that may have gotten caught in the gutters.

4. Remove screens. Take out all window screens and door screens. Repair screens as needed so you won’t have to fix them next spring. Put in storm windows if you have them.

5. Change all air filters. It’s best to change air filters every three to six months, so you may want to set up reminders to yourself to do this.

6. Inspect vents and heating ducts. Clean, dust and repair if needed. It’s also a good idea to make sure your heater is working efficiently, too. Better to find out you need your heater fixed now then when it 10 below!

7. Cover the second floor vents. I got this tip from my father in-law. In the winter, cover the vents on the upper floors of your house and open wide the vents on your first floor and basement. Since heat rises, doing this helps to keep your first floor a little warmer without putting the thermostat up too high. *

8. Check for leaks. Inspect all windows and doors to make sure there aren’t any drafts. If so, caulk, seal or replace strippers. You can buy an insulator kit; or, cover the windows with plastic. don’t forget to check any wires or plumbing that leads to the outside to make sure they aren’t leaking any drafts into the house, too.

9. Replace those batteries! Test and replace the batteries in all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors and flash lights.

10. Inspect your fireplace. If you have a fireplace, consider getting a chimney sweep and have a professional inspect the fireplace to make sure it is safe to use.

Just one more:

11. Check for bugs. Now that the weather is getting cold, you may want to keep an eye out for bugs, small animals and/or other critters who may be looking for a warm place to stay! The attic, kitchen cupboards and dark basements are all places they like to hide. If need be, get an exterminator.

You turn. What’s your autumn “must-do” maintenance tip? Let us know in the comments.

*Reverse this for the summer: Cover all the vents on the first floor and basement and close all the vents in the upper floors. This will keep the upper floors a little cooler in the summer.


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  1. Doesn’t the floor with the closed vents get uncomfortable?
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      I haven’t noticed; but then, most of us wear something on our feet (usually socks). Plus, most of our rooms are carpeted. πŸ™‚

  2. Excellent list! I don’t think you’ve missed anything…for those of us living in a cold climate (like Canada), one of the things we do in the Fall is make sure our snow blower is in running order for the long winter ahead.

  3. I’ll add that if you raise veggies, prepare your garden now for spring. When the opportunity arises throughout the winter, keep working eggshells and coffee grounds into the planting areas. And any other things that improve your soil.

    If you’re big on Christmas decorations, get them out and make sure nothing is broken or useless.

  4. Thanks for sharing this one.

    Can you recommend a good insulation kit? I really have no idea about the brands.

    Any help will do.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Hi Frank, Actually, I just use the one that I liked to in the post, the 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit. It works just fine for me. πŸ™‚

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