Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

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Once fall is here, it’s important to get your old house ready for the seasonal changes. Here's a simple fall home maintenance checklist that shouldn’t take you more than one day or at the most one weekend.

Finish any window projects like reglazing or painting before the temperature dips below 55° consistently because glazing putty and paints won’t cure below that temperature. Also, swap screens for storm windows.


Swapping the lighter, airy curtains of summer for heavy winter drapes can make big improvements in your comfort and heating bills this winter.


It’s extremely important to get your gutters as clean as possible to allow that melt water to run off and down the downspout. Having clogged gutters causes more damage than just about anything in the winter.


Painting below 55° is a big no-no. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, but you need to make some special accommodations if you expect that paint to ever cure.


Bleed your radiators to remove the excess air so you get back to full functionality. 


Now that wasn’t so bad was it?  A day or two of fall home maintenance work to get that old house all gussied up for winter will help her treat you well the rest of fall and winter. 

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