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Fall Home Maintenance To-Do List

Fall has officially arrived, and with falling leaves and dropping temperatures comes a new set of home maintenance tasks that'll benefit you to complete! Review our list and be sure to keep your home in good condition by handling each one before winter. These steps, at least some of which most homeowners can do themselves, will lower your utility bills and protect your investment!

Clean out the gutters

If you haven’t replaced old gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards, it’s imperative that you keep them flushed of falling leaves. Water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim, plus cause leaks and ice dams. Flush them with water, and check the joints and brackets to make sure everything is in place and tightened. Also, if you find colored grit from asphalt roof shingles in the gutter, be sure to check your roof for damage as well.

Trim landscaping

Clear the area at least 1 foot away from exterior walls and rake gunk out of corners and away from the foundation. Cut back tree limbs growing within about 5 feet of the house, or worse, scrubbing the house or roof. This will create better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent decay and damage.