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4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Fall

The 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. Items on the fall checklist are designed to prepare your home for cooler weather, from replacing heating and cooling system filters to checking weather-stripping on doors and windows.

Check out Tackling Fall Maintenance and Weatherization Chores for more info.

See how we helped some first-time homeowners take on the list in the “4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Fall” episode of Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford.

Cleaning leaves out of gutters.

Cleaning leaves out of gutters.

Fall Checklist

Top 10 Must Do

  1. Replace air conditioning/heating system filters. Vacuum the area behind filters.
  2. Clean and inspect gutters/downspouts. Repair if needed.
  3. Rake leaves from the lawn.
  4. Drain gas from the lawnmower. Tune up the engine and sharpen the blade.
  5. Install storm windows and storm doors.
  6. Drain and flush the water heater.
  7. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  8. Check all weatherstripping on doors and windows. Replace if damaged.
  9. Drain lawn irrigation system.
  10. Caulk all cracks on exterior of home.

Pruning shrubs

If Time and Budget Allow

A Little Something Extra


Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.


Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a born-and-raised home enthusiast, adding her crafty skills and passion for DIY as co-host of the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” TV show.In addition, Chelsea maintains her own home lifestyle and décor blog and award-winning web-series, “Checking in with Chelsea.”

WATCH THE SHOW: Don’t miss “Today’s Homeowner,” which airs each week on television nationwide. Check your local listings for time and channel.

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