Fall: The Ideal Season to Tackle Your Home Maintenance Checklist

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Fall’s moderate weather is the ideal time to tackle those home-maintenance projects that got away from you in the spring. You’ll not only make your home cozy for the winter months but increase your home’s value for potential buyers, says the National Association of Realtors and seasoned experts like Tommy Mack, a real estate agent in the top 1% of agents in Key West, Fla., for six years.

Florida’s tropical climate might seem to have little in common with, say, New England’s array of foliage, but fall maintenance here is no less vital, Mack said.

Here are the top 10 items consistently recommended by real estate experts that you should put on your fall home maintenance checklist, regardless of where you live:

  1. Landscape the yard, and prune as needed
  2. Pressure wash and treat the exterior
  3. Seal the deck, fix gates, and store or cover outdoor furniture and equipment
  4. Clean gutters and downspouts
  5. Inspect windows, doors, weatherstripping, and trim
  6. Check the heating system, chimney, and fireplace
  7. Prep the plumbing and drainage systems
  8. Inspect the insulation and ventilation
  9. Guard against unwanted pests
  10. Handle minor repairs