Every homeowner should have a Fall maintenance checklist to follow. If you have a larger property, that just means there will be more to do on yours. I find that breaking your tasks into categories will help you prioritize your workload and eliminate potential problems before they come up.
I consider each of these groups equally important. They are going to take about the same amount of my time overall, and they will each have tasks that take upwards of a day, or as little as 30 minutes.
Here’s how I get started:
- Check the integrity of your roof. Even If there aren’t any visible leaks, something still might be up.
- Clean and repair any cracks in your chimney.
- Caulk around any doors and windows. Install or replace damaged weather stripping to seal out drafts.
- Have your furnace serviced.
- Repair or patch any damaged masonry to avoid ice damage.
- Change the engine oil in anything that is going to run in the cold. Follow any manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Prep your snow moving equipment for any upcoming weather.
- Winterize anything you won’t be using and put it in storage.
- Make note of any projects to be built or repairs to be made inside over the winter months.
- Add stabilizer to fuel if necessary.
- Identify the causes of and fixes for common driveway damage.
- Grade your gravel driveway to prevent damage in the winter and spring.
- Make sure your drainage ditches and culverts are in good working order.
- Install markers to make snow removal easier and safer.
- Get your mailbox ready for winter.
- Do a walkthrough to asses the condition of your woodlot. Update or create a forest management plan.
- Check trail condition and drainage systems to ensure access in the spring.
- Cut and skid any timber that you intend to season for the following year.
- Prepare and stack your firewood for winter.
- Encourage any small or large game on your property.
- Prune any trees that are overgrown or need reshaping.
- Prep your vegetable garden for next year’s crop.
- Plant any perennials that need to go in the ground in the fall.
- Bring any herbs or warmer weather plants inside before the first frost.
- Turn your fall cleanup into summer vegetables.
I’ve completed a few of these tasks so far, but I still have a lot ahead of me. I’ll update this page with links as I get more done. Keep checking back every now and then for new and completed projects!