For many homeowners, fall is the season for football, checking chores off to-do lists and getting ready for the winter months. What can you do to keep your house in great condition? These maintenance tasks can help keep your home running efficiently: 

Outside Your Home 

  • Check window and door seals. When heat escapes through seams in your windows and doors, your money is being wasted. But you can often spot problems with a thorough once-over. Look for spaces that may have insufficient caulking and make sure weatherstripping is in good condition. While you're at it, check to make sure all of your locks are working well. 
  • Clear out your gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks. Although this should be a twice-annual task, removing debris is especially important in fall since leaves might be collecting. Tip: It's a lot easier to clean your gutters when they're dry. 

Inside Your Home

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Checking your fire and carbon monoxide alarms should be done seasonally at the very least. 
  • Keep an eye on major appliances. Many of us spend more time baking and cooking during the fall and winter months. Make sure your oven, dishwasher and refrigerator can handle the activities of the season by checking seals and giving everything a good clean.
  • Get your HVAC system inspected. Don't wait until December to test your heating system. It's better to find out about any issues well before you need to use your heater.
  • Clean your carpets. Allergens and dirt get trapped here but you can help keep your carpet fresh by giving it regular attention. Fall is a great time to have your rugs steamed -- just in time to impress your holiday guests.