We’re already into November, and the Southwest Florida weather doesn’t reflect it. Regardless, you still need to execute your Fall Home Checklist.
This checklist focuses on the basics that need to get done while gently reminding you of those other “projects” you just keep pushing off. While like many of you, I’ve been waiting for at least some “fall-like” weather to address the exterior part of this list, but before you know it the holidays will be upon us.
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FALL HOME CHECKLIST – EXTERIOR
- Trim back tree branches, palms, and vegetation near the roof.
- Check roof, siding, pool, concrete decking and foundation for damage.
- Check chimney for loose bricks and missing mortar.
- Clean gutters and downspouts. Correct any landscape grading to prevent pool of water around the foundation.
- Seal gaps and holes that could provide access for animals and insects.
- Replace loose or missing caulking around windows and doors.
- Fertilize and reseed the lawn
- If your area to subject to lower temperatures, shut off exterior faucets and irrigation system, and store hoses.
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FALL HOME CHECKLIST – INTERIOR
- Explore the attic and crawl spaces for leaks or moisture after wet weather.
- Inspect caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilets.
- Check faucets and supply valves for leaks or corrosion.
- Inspect water heater for leaks.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries.
- Test fireplace flue for a tight seal. Have a professional inspect/clean chimney.
- Test circuit breakers and ground-fault interrupter/arc-fault interrupters.
- Consider hiring a professional to inspect and tune-up your furnace/HVAC system
- Change the furnace filter and remove any materials that block air return vent.
- Clean dryer vent exhaust.
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In conclusion, make sure you’re protecting your investment as a primary or secondary home. This list can vary greatly based on which end of the state you live in. I’ve yet to see less than 85 degrees each day this fall, yet Tallahassee has seen 40/50’s. There are professionals that can conduct an inspection of these items and many more for a nominal fee or you may just want to hire someone to knock a few of the items you’re not comfortable addressing yourself. Either way, keeping your home in top condition, maintains its value, while taking pride in your neighborhood.
Need recommendations? We work with many talented contractors and tradespeople we can gladly put you in contact with. Regular maintenance reduces surprise repairs. I think we can all agree those are not the welcomed surprises.