Fall Home Maintenance

Fall is the time to discover and resolve minor problems before they become expensive repairs. Start Fall homepreparing your Cape Cod home for the colder weather with this checklist and keep your home and family protected. Many energy saving home improvements will help lower your utility bills and may qualify for tax credits or rebates to help offset the cost.

 Change batteries in smoke and CO detectors
 Check windows for drafts, loose frames or cracked panes
 Chimney inspected & cleaned
 Set or buy a programmable thermostat
 Tune up heating system & replace air filters

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 Clean gutters & downspouts
 Examine foundation for any cracks
 Inspect the roof for damage and missing or loose shingles
 Remove & store window screens and install storm doors & windows
 Repair cracks & seal driveway
 Repair peeling paint
 Septic system should be pumped every 3 years
 Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house

Yard & Garden
 Drain/winterize lawn irrigation system and swimming pools
 Reseed lawn in problem areas
 Turn off and drain outdoor showers & faucets

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