We know the winter season can be a busy couple of months for homeowners. However, with fall now in full-swing, you can use your free time now to whip your home into shape before winter starts. Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.

1. Clean Your Gutters

  • Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.

2. Re-Caulk Your Windows

  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood.

3. Paint Your Home’s Exterior

  • Lower humidity and cooler temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.

4. Inspect Your Roof

  • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it’s time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.

5. Drain Your Pipes

  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.

6. Inspect Your Fireplace

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

7. Check Your Insulation

  • Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly then the insulation will trap moisture and cause water problems.