For your home—Fall home maintenance checklist

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  • Tidy up the yard. Rake leaves, prune trees and bushes, and clean out flowerbeds. Dispose of debris in proper yard waste bags.
  • Look over your steps, deck and patio. Repair any loose boards and fill any cracks.
  • Inspect the skirting. It should be secure, but have proper venting. Repair any dents or holes.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Remove all debris and check for leaks and holes. Water should run away from the home.
  • Examine your roof. Repair or replace any broken or missing shingles.
  • Test windows for drafts. A drafty window can be winterized using draft seal tape on the inside and caulk on the outside.
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test and replace batteries. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, carbon monoxide detectors every five.
  • Have a professional inspect your furnace and air conditioner once a year. Replace filters regularly and dust all registers.
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