Home maintenance tips for fall

 Home maintenance tips for fall
 OMG John 10/17/2018 9:59 AM

From pumpkin patches to haunted houses, the fall time is an exciting time for folks all around the United States! This new season brings new outdoor and indoor activities with the scent of pumpkin seeds and pies in the oven. It could also be the perfect time to relocate to the great city of Omaha!

Now, it’s the final countdown to get your home ready for fall and the upcoming winter season that shortly approaches.

Preparing your home for fall can be a simple weekend spent outside cleaning the gutters, caring for landscaping and calling professionals to get that maintenance work done on the HVAC system. These are the top things when it comes to preparing your home for fall.

Clean gutters

Your gutter systems annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house’s exterior and foundation! A simple clog in your gutter system can lead to all of this water leaking on your exterior and even making inside your brand new basement. It’s important to get the leaves and summer mess out of your gutters before it gets clogged.

Drain irrigation systems

As the temperature continues to drop, the threat to your outdoor irrigation system rises. The best thing to do is shut off that lawn irrigation system before the freezing temperatures occur. The damage can occur immediately following a temperature drop of 32 degrees fahrenheit and colder which damages your underground pipe system. Skip yourself the costly Spring maintenance and get your irrigation systems ready for the cold now.

The best thing to do is shut-off the valve to your sprinkler system. You can add installation to aboveground systems. The next step is to shut off any timers that are currently set in place. There is no need for a 10 a.m. lawn shower. The next step is to remove all water from the pipes and prevent backflows when the temperature drops.

Care for trees and shrubs

Once the leaves are raked, the real fall yard work begins to happen. Often times, many homeowners just focus on raking the leaves and bagging them away. These are the following things to do:

  • Pull weeds
  • Seed and fertilize
  • Trim grass
  • Deep watering

Clean dryer vents and ducts

It’s officially getting down to freezing cold temperatures, which means it’s time to clean out the dryer vents and ducts. It’s important to always clean the lint trap out after every use, but there is something else that’s vital for all homeowners to do- clean the vents and ducts.

A dryer is responsible for over 15,000 structure fires each year. This is due to clogged dryer vents and ducts. A clogged duct and vent can cause Carbon Monoxide to seep into the home!  A simple cleaning will save you money and unwanted guests this fall and winter. A clogged duct can lead to an open vent, which is almost like inviting the critters inside with you.

Heating system maintenance

The last thing you want is to be shivering from a furnace that isn’t working and possibly busted water pipes. Make sure your heater is in prime condition before the temperature drops with ServiceOne! They can help you with all of your home maintenance when it comes to appliances and furnace systems!

The fall season is coming to an end and winter is approaching! It’s vital for homeowners to get these items on done before winter comes. Improper home maintenance between seasons could cost you serious money in the end.

Preparing your home for fall and other seasons is a must for all homeowners! As a new homeowner, it can seem like a dread and a hidden cost. Who knew all of this maintenance was needed EACH season? Follow our blog to learn more about owning a home!


Now is the time to get this fall maintenance list done and checked off the to-do list. We are a leading real estate team who can help you when relocating to Omaha or finding your forever home. Contact the Fairfield Team and we can help you get started on hunting for your new home!