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Fall Home Maintenance Guide



Fall is a much anticipated event in Tennessee. It takes a little longer around here for temperatures to cool and leaves to turn, but it’s a season well worth the wait. It’s also the perfect time to inspect your home for potential issues and start preparing for even colder weather in the months to come. Here’s a peek at some fall home maintenance items to tend to this month.

Plants, Lawns, and Landscaping

  • Clean lawnmowers, leaf blowers and chainsaws
  • Store hoses and turn off outdoor water systems
  • Drain and turn off sprinkler systems
  • Prune plants
  • Trim trees
  • Store firewood

Exterior of house

  • Caulk windows and door frames
  • Inspect and clean gutters
  • Close storm windows
  • Inspect the roof for loose shingles or leaky vents
  • Check your walkway, driveway and steps for cracks, disintegration and uneven sections

Interior of house

  • Examine the fireplace – possibly time for a chimney sweep by a professional
  • Have the heating system tested and inspected
  • Check batteries in smoke and CO detectors
  • Change the direction ceiling fans. Did you know that during fall and winter, ceiling fans should rotate in a clockwise direction when looking up at the fan? This will help circulate rising heat without blowing it directly on you.

Taking a few minutes in the fall for preventative measures means your house is ready for colder weather, which can be rough on homes. Fall home maintenance also ensures your home stays in its best condition throughout winter and that makes it even easier to sell in the spring!


Are you considering selling your Nashville home this spring? Call DeSelms Real Estate today at 615.550.5565 for information on how to best prepare your house!

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