Falling leaves. Football. Halloween decorations. Pumpkin-flavored everything. As much as we love summertime, we’re also sticklers for all things autumn. Brisk fall breezes may not be here quite yet, but there’s no time like the present to get your Charleston home ready for cooler weather. Performing just a few simple tasks now could save you from home repair headaches down the road. Check out the to-do list we’ll be using to give our homes a fresh start for the changing season.


  1. Clear the gutters. Make sure to rid them of debris like moss, twigs, and nests. Leaves will be falling soon enough, adding to that debris to dam up your system. While you’re at it, check for and repair any leaks.
  2. Schedule your seasonal HVAC inspection to make sure everything is in working order. With finicky Charleston weather, you never know when the time will come to raise the temperature indoors. cw3
  3. Wrap up any warm-weather projects you might have neglected. Maybe you have a half-finished paint job or a landscaping scheme you didn’t quite finish. Now is the time to put the finishing touches on those projects and cross them off your “honey do” list once and for all.
  4. Have the chimney cleaned and inspected if you have a wood-burning fireplace. If you have gas logs, make sure everything is in safe, working order, including carbon monoxide detectors.
  5. Check the smoke alarms. The rule of thumb is to change smoke alarm batteries when you change the clocks for daylight savings. But it’s also important to make sure they are in working order with the change of the seasons.cw4
  6. Pressure wash the exterior of your home to rid it of any mold and dirt that might have built up over the warmer months.
  7. Check seals and weather stripping around windows and doors. Leaky windowsills let in drafts that force your HVAC system to work harder, which means higher electric bills.
  8. Stock up on supplies you know you’ll need for fall maintenance, such as rakes and yard bags.
  9. Prep the lawnmower for winter storage. It might not be time to put them away just yet, but you should make a note to clean and empty the gas from the mower and trimmer after final lawn maintenance for the season. If you have a leaf blower, this is also a good time to check that it’s in working order.
  10. Inspect your roof and siding for any issues. A quick visual inspection will alert you to any missing or damaged shingles. Repair those along with any cracks or gaps in the brick or siding to prevent bigger problems down the road.

See? Nothing too difficult. These simple to-dos can be huge time savers in the end. Taking care of preventive measures now will free you up to enjoy all the fun activities fall brings later. So get to it! What other tasks do you perform at the end of summer to prep your home for fall? Tell us in the comments section!