Fall Home and Yard Checklist

larson builders hutchinson mn fall home checklistHere is a list of things you want to make sure you do this fall, while the weather is warm to prepare your home, yard, and garage for the winter ahead.


  • Change furnace filter, have ducts professionally cleaned, and schedule your fall furnace maintenance check-up.
  • Reverse ceiling fan blades to push warmer air down.
  • If applicable, install your storm windows.
  • Clean dryer vent, pellet stove vents, fireplace chimneys, and make sure exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom are working properly.
  • Change filters in humidifiers. Clean and store dehumidifiers.


  • Replenish sidewalk salt supply and re-discover the shovels
  • Properly dispose of household hazardous waste such as used oil, cleaners, solvents, and other items you no longer need.
  • Move items into the basement that should not freeze such as paint and caulk.


  • Detach garden hoses from your outside faucets before it freezes so you don’t break the faucet and deal with leaks.
  • Check your sump pump hose for leaks and make sure it’s attached securely.
  • Fertilize yard with slow release winter fertilizer
  • Mulch leaves and grass when possible.
  • Clean the debris out of your gutters and downspouts.
  • Trim branches growing close to power lines and call in the professionals if they are too close. Also trim branches close to your roof.
  • Put reflector stakes in the ground along your driveway or landscaping before the ground freezes.

If there is anything on your fall “to-do” list we can help with, give us a call!