After a hot summer, many of us are ready for cooler weather and turning leaves. But is your home ready? Here is a list of things that every homeowner should do to get ready for fall.


Clogged gutters can lead to extensive home repair costs. Without proper drainage, water can leak down the side of your house. It’s very important to clean out your gutters each year before cold weather settles in.


Fall is a great time to fertilize your grass. You’ll want to fortify it before the winter months, and by building strength in the fall, your lawn will be ready to thrive in the spring.

Lawn Equipment

Storing your mower and other gas-powered lawn equipment for the colder months is a little more complicated than just throwing a cover over them. You’ll want to drain the gas first. You’ll want to be sure to change the oil and spark plugs if needed before mowing season begins.


Check the vents and filters before cranking up your furnace. Depending on what kind of system you have, it may be a good idea to call a professional to check things out and tune your HVAC system up.

Outdoor Faucets

The last thing you want is a burst pipe. Drain any hoses attached to outdoor faucets and then disconnect them to store for the winter. Shut off the outside water supplies if possible.

Winter Tools

As you store your spring and summer lawn equipment in a cool, dry place, take stock of your winter tools. Make sure you have everything you need for the winter and that nothing needs to be replaced.