Homeowner Checklist for Fall

With the weather turning cool, your thoughts may turn to all things pumpkin, football, long sleeves, apple orchards, and all sorts of other autumn things. While you’re at it, though, consider this list to make sure you and your home are ready for cooler months ahead.


  • Take a walk around your home and inspect the exterior – paint, patch, repair or caulk any openings that shouldn’t be there to protect your home and keep it warmer.
  • Clean your gutters – in climates like Minnesota’s where winter is sure to come, this prevents ice dams as well as pest infestations and those little trees that grow in some people’s gutters.
  • Check storm windows/doors for proper function – tighten any loose components and make sure any door closers and safety chains are working correctly and well-secured against winter winds.
  • Clean your windows outside and in (I make my own using this recipe): you’re going to be looking out of them more often over the next few months, and they look great if you entertain for the holidays.
  • Prune trees and vegetation away from siding, windows and roof to protect paint and materials, as well as prevent any limbs falling on the house in the event of an ice storm.
Window insulation kits like this one don't affect the view any and are easy to install.

Preparing now for cooler, OK, COLD months ahead means you can enjoy the winter in the comfort of your home where is is warm, rather than drafty or expensive to heat.


  • Have your heating system inspected and serviced.
  • Stock up on furnace filters and replace monthly or as recommended by furnace manufacturer.
  • Inspect weather stripping and repair or replace where air is able to get in such as windows, doors, pipes, wiring or vents enter and exit your home.
  • If you don’t have a programmable thermostat already, consider installing one. In most cases it’s an easy DIY install and the small cost can mean big savings
  • If you have older windows in your home, consider using window insulation kits. These easy kits just require a hair dryer and scissors to install and prevent drafts in cold temperatures.

Following this homeowner’s fall checklist is an easy way to save money and be more comfortable in your home this winter. Do you have any thing that’s part of your regular fall maintenance at home? Let us know in the comments and we may include it in future posts or updates.