Prepare your Property for Autumn

Posted on September 20, 2018 in Building Maintenance

Prepare your Property for Autumn

Prepare your Property for Autumn Checklist

Before the weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months to prevent costly damage.

Below are our autumn preventative home maintenance steps that every  property owner should follow.

Gutters and Downpipes

  • Clean gutters and downpipes frequently throughout fall to prevent build-up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters.
  • Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place.
  • Ensure that water drains properly and doesn’t pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.

Windows and Doors

  • Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames.
  • Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.

Heating Systems

  • Consider having a GAS Safe heating professional check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.
  • Clean your ducts to better your heating system’s efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems.


To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes are well insulated.

Know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.

Chimney and Fireplace

  • Call a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
  • Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.


  • Turn back electrical timers by one hour on Sunday, October 28, 2:00 am.


  • Although grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.
  • Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth.
  • Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.

If you need help to Prepare your Property for Autumn please call one of our friendly team on 0845 604 1288 or visit our Planned Preventative Maintenance section.