12 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

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Wash and Winterize Windows


Taking time to wash your windows, inside and out thoroughly, will help prepare them for winter weather. Also, before it gets too cold outside, dedicate a day to winterizing windows and doors. This will help to prevent energy-draining drafts. Window washing is a very important home maintenance task.

Clean Gutters


Most experts recommend cleaning out your home gutters twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. Those who live near lots of trees may need to do this more frequently or install gutter guards.

Remove Air-Conditioners


It is time to remove, inspect, clean, and store air conditioner(s) with summer ending.

Clean and Reverse Ceiling Fan Direction


Fans that spin clockwise distribute warm air. Conversely, fans that spin clockwise push air down. If you need to change fan directions, turn the fan and wait until blades come to a complete stop. Find the switch and change the direction.

Check Smoke Detectors


Properly working smoke detectors is essential for the safety and protection of homeowners. Yet, it’s easy to forget to check them. Making this part of your fall and spring home maintenance lists will ensure it gets done. This is a good time to vacuum out the detectors with a small brush and replace the batteries for safety reasons.

Yard Clean Up


Along with raking leaves, now is the time to prepare your yard for hibernation. This may involve turning off facets, draining your water system, storing outdoor furniture and equipment.

Power Wash Deck, Siding and Other Surfaces


Ensure your deck, siding, and other surfaces are clean before the harsh winter hits to reduce the chances of damage caused by debris and dust. Hire a power washing service to help you.

Deck Inspection


Now is the time to inspect your deck for any issues, including warped boards, mold, rot, cracks, mildew, and rot. Also, due to winter moisture, it’s important to make sure your deck is properly sealed. Sprinkle water on the boards. If the deck absorbs the liquid, it’s time to reseal it. We recommend contacting a reputable deck staining company to restain or reseal your deck.

Clean Dryer Vents and Exhaust Ducts


Over time, vents and exhaust ducts can get filled with dust and lint, posing fire risks. This is why it is important to clean them regularly.

Fireplace and Chimney


Make sure your fireplace is ready for winter. Inspect it with a flashlight. Also, check to ensure the damper functions properly and is free of any objects such as nests, branches, and leaves.

Chimney Cleaning and Heating System Maintenance


Before the cold hits, ensure your home’s furnace, boiler, and/or chimney are properly cleaned and are properly functioning before you use them. If necessary, hire professionals to conduct the inspections and cleanings.

Deep Clean


While we are all familiar with spring cleaning, fall is also a good time to do deep cleaning and decluttering before it gets icey cold outside.

About Property Refresh


Property Refresh offers satisfaction-guaranteed house cleaning, power washing, gutter cleaning, and window washing services throughout Chicagoland. Call 224-386-4836 to schedule your free, no-obligation in-home estimate.

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