Fall Maintenance Checklist

It’s that time of year- leaves are falling, the weather is getting colder, and that means ensuring your home is in peak operating condition before the white stuff hits the ground. Check out this helpful list from our friends at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors:

HEATING AND COOLING
Clean or replace furnace filters
Lubricate fan and motor bearings (only where indicated)
Vacuum dirt and dust from around the unit
Have the system serviced prior to the start of the season


DOORS AND WINDOWS
Inspect caulking for deterioration at the openings and joints between dissimilar materials (e.g.,
wood and masonry), especially at the top
Check weather stripping and replace if necessary
Remove screens if possible, clean and store in a dry place


FIREPLACE & CHIMNEY
Have the fireplace and chimney professionally inspected
Have chimney cleaned if needed
Check firebricks for damage or gaps
Use binoculars to check chimney for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar or bricks
Have gas fireplaces serviced


FOUNDATION AND EXTERIOR
Inspect foundation walls and floors for cracking, heaving, spalling, deterioration or efflorescence
Check for moisture or leaks in crawlspace or basement
Check grading for proper slope away from the foundation
Inspect all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure
Check brick and stucco surfaces for cracks
Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris

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