Massachusetts Fall Home Repair Checklist

fall-leavesFall starts this week. Although you may still be in denial about the changing seasons, as most Massachusetts residents are, don’t neglect some important home repairs. Here are a few things to include in your fall home repair checklist.

Yearly Checkups

The fall is a good time to perform yearly checkups of your major systems. Have your heating system serviced and cleaned. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries as needed. If you have a wood burning fireplace, have your chimney cleaned and inspected. Ensure that everything is in proper working order before the cold weather arrives.

Store Outdoor Items

As sad as it may be, it’s time to bring the summer items indoors to prevent damage from the cold and snow. This includes outdoor lights, lawn ornaments, flags, patio furniture, and lawn care equipment. If you have room in your basement or garage, it is best to store it away from the elements. Be sure to drain the gas from your lawnmower before storing it. If you do not have room for the larger pieces of furniture, consider purchasing weather-proof covers. Proper storage and care will extend the life of all of these items.

Winter Preparation

It’s predicted to be another bad winter, so take the time to prepare for it now. First and foremost, check the condition of your roof. Repair/replace any loose, broken, or missing shingles. Clean out gutters and ensure downspouts are properly positioned. Winterize irrigation systems and outdoor faucets. Check seals on windows and doors and fill any obvious gaps. These are all important fall home repair tasks to complete before the winter weather arrives.

Lawn Care

It is important to prepare your lawn and landscaping for the winter. Consider aerating, fertilizing, and seeding your lawn now. This will ensure a beautiful and lush lawn come spring. As the leaves start to fall, be sure to rake them up. A build-up of leaves on your lawn will harm the grass and create bare patches. Being mindful of your lawn during the fall and winter months will help create a better lawn in the spring.

Massachusetts Fall Home Repair Checklist

These are just a few tasks to consider adding to your MA fall home repair checklist. You will, of course, want to complete any other items that you typically do around this time of year. Also think about areas of your home that experienced problems during last winter. Be proactive about addressing these areas now to prevent further issues this winter.