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Fall Home Checklist

Home Tips & Tricks

The leaves are changing and cooler nights are upon us, which means it's time to check your home for the change in weather. Below you will find some tips and checklists to help keep your home looking great and operating properly for fall!

You can also check out our Fall Checklist video here:

Excel Homes - Seasonal Checklist Video: Fall

INTERIOR

  • Check caulking for the following, and remove or replace with an appropriate type of caulking if necessary:
    • Soundness
    • Cracking
    • Detachment
    • Signs of water or air penetration
  • Have your furnace and heating system checked including the heat recovery ventilator and humidifier
  • Check dryer vent to remove lint and other obstructions
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Install winter cover for air conditioning unit
  • Check the ceiling for signs of moisture as uneven distribution of insulation due to wind blowback could cause a build-up of moisture
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) in bathrooms and in the main electrical panel
  • Check and clean the heat recovery ventilator (HRV); wash and replace the filter
  • Replace humidifier filter if needed; check mechanisms of the humidifier
  • Check for condensation and humidity

EXTERIOR

  • Check exterior finishes, siding, trim and eavestrough to ensure they are secure
  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts
    • Remove leaves and other debris
    • Check operation of garage doors; lubricate moving parts as needed
    • Shut off the exterior water supply and drain water lines
    • Check to roof and flashing for signs of wear or damage
    • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) in exterior outlets

For more information please visit the Alberta New Home Warranty website to learn more about each step for maintaining your new home.