Fall Home Maintenance Tips

fall home maintenance

Fall is the perfect time to think about getting your home ready for the winter months ahead. Check these easy to do tasks off your fall home maintenance checklist starting today.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Once most of the leaves have fallen, inspect, and clean out gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool, potentially damaging your roof, siding or foundation. You can hire a professional for this project or do it yourself. Either way, make sure the gutters are not sagging, and that all brackets are tightened.

Have Your Roof Inspected

Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation. If you find any shingles that are torn, curling or buckling, schedule to have your roof repaired or replaced before winter weather hits. Damaged flashing around pipes, chimneys, and skylights also needs to be repaired to prevent any leaks from ice or snow.

Trim Tree Branches

Fall is a good time to trim tree branches, when dormancy has set in. It’s a good idea to trim branches back 8-10 feet away from your home, so that they don’t damage your roofing or siding in windy conditions or cause moisture problems. Always use clean landscaping trimmers to prevent the spread of disease.

Schedule a Chimney Sweep

If you have a wood burning fireplace that you plan on using during the winter, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to come inspect and clean it. Once clean, consider adding a chimney cap to make sure critters cannot crawl through it looking for warmth and food. You can find certified chimney sweepers at the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

Increase Exterior Lighting

It will be getting darker earlier. To prepare, add path lighting, porch lights and spotlights to both the front and rear of your home. This a great way to extend your indoor living spaces, add warmth to your home, and deter theft. Motion-activated lighting often provides the greatest benefits.

Add Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping applied around the frames of windows and doors (the garage door included) will help you save on heating costs during the cold months ahead. Other measures you can do boost winter warmth and comfort include:

  • Caulk around windows and doors
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates
  • Replace thresholds with those that feature pliable gaskets
  • Add a door sweep to the base of drafty doors to keep heat in and cold air out

Take Care of Your Heating System

This easy tasks allows your heating system to operate more efficiency. Use high-efficiency filters labeled with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating of 11 or 12. Additionally, making sure your furnace is cleaned, maintained, and in working order before you need to turn on the heat will save you money and prolong system life. You should schedule heating system maintenance every fall.

Stock Up on Winter Supplies

It’s a good idea to complete these tasks in the fall:

  • Pack emergency kits for both your home and car
  • If needed, pick up a bag or two of pet and plant safe ice melt
  • Check the condition of snow shovels, ice scrapers, and sleds; replace as needed
  • If you have a snow blower, have it serviced and purchase fuel now for the winter
  • Rotate storage so that summer toys and tools are towards the back, and winter items, including holiday decor are in the front

Fall Bucket List

fall bucket list

Please find below a list of fall bucket list activities that you and your family can enjoy in, and around Denver, Colorado this fall season.

[] Go apple picking at a local orchard

What better way to celebrate fall than picking your own apples at a local orchard – such as can be found at Ya Ya Farm and Orchard in Longmont. Don’t forget to press your own apple cider while you’re there!

[] Enjoy a Fall Beverage like a Pumpkin Spice Latte or hot apple cider

[] Take a fall foliage drive into the mountains

That’s right – road trip! The most amazing views of fall foliage can be found in Colorado’s mountain ranges. Plan on heading out early in the day to avoid crowds at the better-known mountain passes.

[] S’mores anyone?

[] Make leaf art

Bring nature’s beauty indoors with DIY leaf art. Simply gather some of your favorite leaves and/or flowers, flatten them under a heavy book, copy with a color photocopier, then glue the prints onto inexpensive canvas boards.

[] Decorate your home for the season

[] Find your way out

Make this fall season unforgettable. Head on over to the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms and get lost in their 8-acre Corn Maze. The farm offers activities that are fun for all ages including: mini-mazes, hayrides, jumping pillows, and pony rides.

[] Create a Jack O’ Lantern

[] Get your fright on

For those who enjoy feeling spooked, there is no shortage of haunted houses in, and around Denver. In October, Elitch Gardens transforms into family by day and fright by night, complete with all your favorite theme park rides.

[] Bake pies

[] Take part in the zombie crawl

For more than a decade, Denver has a celebrated tradition in which residents from all over Colorado share in the excitement of the Zombie Crawl, which takes place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from noon to 6:00 PM at Skyline Park.

[] Have your roof professionally inspected

[] Clean your gutters

If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to remove leaves, sticks and other debris from your gutters. Cleaning out debris-ridden gutters eliminates the risk of overflow and water damage.

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