Four-season home checklist.

CAA February 03, 2020
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Essential tips to protect your home for each new season.

A little home upkeep at the start of each season adds to the value of your home and protects against weather and other threats—while reducing long-term repair costs.


  • Inspect window and door seals; repair any leaks
  • Vacuum bathroom and kitchen exhaust fan grills and filters
  • Clear any debris blocking chimney
  • Test sump pump, if applicable
  • Inspect insulation, adding more as required
  • Insulate pipes near windows and doors
  • Stock a winter home survival kit


  • Change HVAC filters; clean dryer vent
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fill cracks in exterior concrete
  • Clear clogged gutters and downspouts
  • Drain hot water heater
  • Recaulk showers, tubs and sinks as necessary
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Review/update your home insurance policy


  • Schedule an air conditioner inspection
  • Get a professional roof inspection
  • Repair fences; trim back trees and shrubs
  • Check and clean septic system, if applicable
  • Powerwash driveway, deck and porch
  • Prep barbecue with a thorough clean
  • Wash windows, inside and out
  • Clean drains in kitchen and bathrooms


  • Change HVAC filters; clean dryer vent
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check the roof for loose or missing shingles
  • Schedule a furnace inspection
  • Cover patio furniture or store it inside
  • Protect air conditioner with a waterproof cover
  • Seal exterior gaps where critters could enter
  • Drain and shut off exterior faucets and hoses