Checklist For Fall Home Maintenance

Fall’s moderate weather is the ideal time to tackle those home-maintenance projects that got away from you in the spring. You’ll not only make your home cozy for the winter months but increase your home’s value for potential buyers.


  • Check your roof: Remove moss from sloped areas and clear any debris from gutters and downspouts. Additionally, look for signs of damage/wear and make repairs as soon as possible. Use binoculars if you need to. Fall is no time for a leaky roof!
  • Look out for critters: Rodents and other animals might be looking for warm places to hide out, and they can cause big problems if one of those places happens to be in your home or garage. Watch for termites, roaches, and other insects as well; call a professional if you need assistance. (Also, be sure to check the basement and crawlspace, too!)
  • Get hoses ready for the cold: When the weather starts to turn, drain water from outdoor hoses, faucets, and irrigation systems. Place covers on faucets as necessary.
  • Inspect your vents and ducts: Attic vents, dryer vents and exhaust ducts should be clear (check inside and out).
  • Watch those windows: Clean window wells and check drainage.
  • Walk around: If you have cracks in your driveway or other walkways, address them now — freezing weather will only make them worse.


  • Keep things dry in the crawlspace, basement and attic: If you have a sump pump, make sure it is in good working condition, and check for wet spots or puddles in the crawlspace.
  • Look for leaks: Give your water heater (have you drained it lately?) and boiler a quick exam. Plus, don’t forget your water main/meter or well pump.
  • Do some fall cleaning: Clean and tune your furnace, boiler and/or water heater, along with your oven and range.
  • Seal things up: If you feel any drafts around windows or doors, now is the time to address them. And, check your attic insulation, too.
  • Check your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors: Even ones that are powered through your home’s electrical system typically have a backup battery that might need replacing.
  • Get ready for fireplace season: Make sure there’s no soot or creosote accumulation. If needed consider having a chimney sweep do an inspection.

RE/MAX Realty Professionals—The Results Team—is ready to help you buy or sell your home! Visit Or call Lesa Miller at 812-360-3863 and Jenivee Schoenheit at 317-258-0995.