Fall home maintenance plays extreme importance in preparing your home for the chilling winter temperatures Minnesota brings.

It’s always a good idea to take care of needed repairs before snow and ice create added stress and damage to your home’s exterior.

Remember, a little maintenance now can go a long way and prevent more expensive repairs down the road.

Exterior Home Inspection Checklist

  • Check caulk and weather stripping on doors and windows.
  • Check the foundation for cracks.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned.
  • Inspect the roof for damaged shingles or flashing.
  • Schedule an inspection of your heating system; replace furnace filter.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts.
  • Remove window and door screens and store safely.
  • Repair and seal cracks in your driveway.
  • Ensure insulation in attic, walls, and pipes are is adequate.

Interior Home Inspection Checklist

  • Check your furnace or heating system.
  • Put fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clean your fireplace and clear any obstructions.
  • Inspect all windows for air leaks, cracked panes, dirty hinges, and loose frames.
  • Vacuum and replace filters throughout your home.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans to clockwise during winter.

Deck/Porch Area and Yard Checklist

  • Reseed any areas missing grass on your lawn.
  • Drain hoses and shut off outdoor water valves.
  • Check desk  and porch supports, stairs, and railings.
  • Clean your deck and apply sealer.
  • Bring in your outdoor furniture and grill.
  • Empty your flowerpots and flower boxes.
  • Get your snow blower and equipment winter ready.

Short on time? Call Exteriors by Highmark at 952-641-6086 to schedule a free roofing and siding inspection at your convenience or fill out a form online.