20 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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Facebook Share Image 10_09bShorter days and cooler weather often marks the start of fall in Wisconsin. As the leaves turn vibrant colors and fall to the ground, it is important to prepare your home and yard for the long, cold days ahead. Take time now to improve energy efficiency and minimize heat loss and prepare your trees, lawn and gardens for winter winds, snow and sleet. Here are some handy things you can do now to help you stay warm this winter.


  1. Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and drain them before storing.
  2. Turn off the water to the outside.
  3. Seal coat blacktop driveways.
  4. Clean gutters and downspouts.
  5. Check roof for any loose or missing shingles.
  6. Prune back trees and spring-flowering perennials.
  7. Rake leaves or mulch with lawnmower.
  8. Seal gaps in foundation where mice and other critters can seek shelter.
  9. Remove window air conditioners.
  10. Schedule fireplace cleaning and inspection.
  11. Schedule annual furnace checkup.
  12. Replace filter in your furnace.
  13. Seal and weather-strip doors and windows.
  14. Put a fresh coat of sealer on the deck.
  15. Ensure rain and snow drain away from the house.
  16. Weatherize your lawn mower.
  17. Place shovels to front of garage.
  18. Gas up and test snow blower.
  19. Haul wood to the house for fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  20. Stock up on winter supplies like pet and plant-safe ice melt, snow shovels and ice scrappers.


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