The ultimate home maintenance checklist for fall

With changing weather on its way, take a bit of time this fall to get your home ready for rain, snow, sleet, strong winds and colder temperatures – a typical Canadian winter that can wreak havoc on your home in minutes.

To help protect your home from weather-related annoyances, here’s a handy home maintenance checklist of 28 items to review prior to the changing seasons.


  • Clean out gutters and downspouts for good drainage
  • Check the roof for loose shingles, wood damage, gaps and holes
  • Inspect the fireplace and chimney for damage and critters
  • Check your attic for critters and insulation coverage
  • Fix foundation cracks, holes and gaps


  • Get a furnace tune-up and change the filter
  • Winterize your air conditioner
  • Prepare your snowblower
  • Clean out stove and dryer vents
  • Wash the oven range hood filter
  • Check water softener and add salt if necessary
  • Check and clean your humidifier
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Test and tune up your garage door and door opener
  • Check that circuit breakers work by turning them on and off

Lawn and garden

  • Rake, aerate, fertilize and seed your lawn
  • Drain and put away garden hoses and equipment
  • Drain outside faucets
  • Check trees for interference with utility lines
  • Remove weeds from driveway cracks, fix and reseal

Porch, patio, and fencing

  • Prepare your deck with protective waterproofing
  • Clean and put away patio furniture
  • Clean your barbecue and cover
  • Fix damaged or loose fencing and deck or porch rails

Windows and doors

  • Check and replace weather-stripping around windows and doors
  • Caulk window and door cracks
  • Repaint outdoor windowsills and ledges for protection


  • Change batteries on your alarm detectors and check your extinguisher

Your home will now be ready for whatever Mother Nature hits you with throughout the fall and into the winter. Bring it on!

Don’t forget, you can easily book a trusted HeyBryan Expert who specializes in handyman services, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, and more, to help with any number of small home maintenance tasks. Each Expert has been vetted, background checked, and approved by the HeyBryan team so you can feel comfortable having an Expert in or around your home to complete your task safely and efficiently.

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