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Andover MN Handyman | Fall Home Maintenance

It’s that time of year once again. Summer has come and gone and another Minnesota winter is just around the corner. Ugh! So before the weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months. And with a new season comes a new reason to spend some extra time around the house preparing for the changing weather and making sure things continue to look their best.

Recommended Seasonal Home Maintenance Tasks

Whether you are preparing to sell your home, or are a homeowner just looking to keep things in tip-top shape, a little home maintenance goes a long way to prevent costly damage.

Monthly

  • Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.
  • Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda.
  • Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters once a month if user’s manual recommends fiberglass filters.

Every 2 Months

  • Wall Furnace: Clean grills.
  • Range Hood: Clean grease filter.

Every 3 Months

  • Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris.

Every 6 Months

  • Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.
  • Forced-Air Heating System: Change semi-annually if user’s manual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.
  • Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.
  • Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
  • Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing.

Every Spring

  • Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.
  • Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
  • Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
  • Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
  • Window and Door Screens: Clean screening and repair or replace windows if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

Every Fall

  • Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.
  • Chimney or Stovepipe: Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.
  • Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
  • Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
  • Storm Windows and Doors: Replace any cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
  • Window and Door Weather Stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.
  • Thermostat: Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning properly.

Annualy

  • HVAC System: Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system.

A Minnesota Handyman can help you take care of your home inside and out and is experienced and fully equipped to solve your home’s interior repairs and exterior repair and maintenance tasks to keep your home looking great year round.

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