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Fall Maintenance Checklist

October 18, 2023
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Here is a brief checklist to guide you through some basic tasks before it is too late to properly and effectively perform repairs:


  • Check window wells, dry wells and storm drains for debris or blockage.
  • Repair any driveway cracks and/or heaved or settled walkways.
  • Trim all trees and shrubs, particularly any too close to the house.
  • Check (ideally during a rainstorm) that all rainwater drains away from the foundation.
  • In areas subject to freezing temperatures, drain and store garden hoses and shut off and drain hose bibs (unless frost-free faucets have been properly installed).


  • Check the weather tightness of all exterior surfaces and components.
  • Caulk and seal all joints in the siding, around windows and doors.
  • Check for deterioration of painted or finished areas. If too late for a full paint job, touch up bare wood surfaces with a primer and at least one finish coat.
  • Check and seal any foundation cracks.
  • Repair or improve weather stripping at exterior doors and windows as needed.
  • Reset storms and screens where required. Check windowsills for signs of water damage.
  • Look for any signs of insect or pest activity, particularly at the foundation areas and any wood components close to the ground.
  • Check stairs and rails for condition and sturdiness.
  • Make sure shrubs or mulch does not block any air intake or exhaust vents for heating or ventilation systems.
  • Check for damage to lighting fixtures. Test Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles using the built-in test button.

ROOF (Use binoculars or hire a professional.)

  • Check for loose, damaged or missing roofing.
  • Check eave areas for signs of moisture build-up or damage.
  • Check the condition of the chimney and roof vents.
  • Check flashings for signs of lifting or damage and repair or seal as needed.
  • Check and clean all gutters (eaves troughs) and downspouts.


  • Check for signs of roof leakage, particularly at chimneys, vents and valley areas.
  • Check ventilation openings for nests or other blockages.
  • Check the position and condition of insulation for uniform coverage.
  • Look for any signs of excessive moisture buildup, such as mildew or discoloration on the underside of the roof.


  • Check all areas for signs of roof or plumbing leakage.
  • Have any fireplaces or wood stoves and flues checked and professionally cleaned.
  • Reset automatic timers for the change in daylight hours.
  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if over a year old. Replace units over seven years old.
  • Test Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (GFCI) in bathroom and kitchen areas.
  • Clean or vacuum radiators or air distribution and return grilles.


  • Clean all elements of the cooling system.
  • Remove (or winterize) room air conditioners. Check windowsill areas for water damage.
  • Follow manufacturer instructions for the start-up maintenance of your heating system.
  • Change or clean heating system filters on warm air systems (now and regularly).
  • Check heating and cooling systems for any evidence of water leaks.
  • Check condensate drains and pumps on heating and cooling equipment for any signs of blockage.
  • Clean and test the humidifier, if present,
  • Check the heat recovery ventilator filters and ductwork, if present,
  • Have your heating and cooling systems serviced annually by a qualified serviceperson to keep them functioning properly and efficiently.


  • Drain or insulate water lines that are subject to freezing.
  • Check the condition and temperature setting of the water heater. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the temperature setting.
  • Check the plumbing system and fixtures for any evidence of water leaks or blocked drains.
  • Confirm proper operation of any sump pumps and free flow of water from the drain line.


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This post was written by Legendary Inspection Group

I just moved into my new Sandcastle home and I think it’s a wonderful place to live. They have been very helpful, particularly Lynette and Steve. From the owner Mike Salomen down, it has been a truly positive experience. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to buy a new home that is built of high quality to consider this home builder.

Neal Massey

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