Saturday marks the end of August, which means Sunday is already the first day of September. The kids are back in school, there have been a few cooler days and it is getting dark a lot earlier, all signs that fall is coming.

You might be looking forward to fall, enjoying milder weather and anticipating the upcoming holiday season. You might be dreading fall with the weather turning cold and the days getting shorter. Either way, fall is almost here and there is really nothing you can do about it. So you may as well get your home maintenance checklist ready.

William Raveis Real Estate, your real estate agent in Vermont, offers this handy list of what needs to be done around your home this fall.

Chimney Cleaning

Make sure that your chimney is cleaned and in good working order before firing up the fireplace when the cold temperatures hit. You will also want to add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one to keep the critters out.

Clean the Kitchen

Set aside a day to really clean your kitchen. You need to decrease the range hood and filter, clean the oven, vacuum the refrigerator coils and scrub that tile grout. These are all tasks that we avoid like the plague the rest of the year.

Clean Dryer Vents

Lint buildup in your dryer vents will make your dryer work harder and waste energy. Worse still, clogged dryer vents pose a fire hazard, which nobody wants.

Check Weatherstripping

Check the weatherstripping around your windows and doors and replace any that are damaged. This will help keep your home free from cold drafts and save you money in energy costs this winter.

Fertilize the Lawn

The best offense is a good defense. If you want your lawn to look fantastic come next spring, prep it up in the fall. Grass roots are active even if they are not growing, so apply fertilizer to prevent winter damage. Doing so will also turn your lawn greener faster in the spring. You will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Clean the Gutters

Ah, you thought it was enough to clean the gutters in the spring. You forget how many storms your gutters have endured the spring and summer. By fall, your gutters are filled with leaves and whatever else was flying through the air this summer.

Change Batteries

Each fall, you should be checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are properly functioning. At the very least, you need to be changing out the batteries.

If you have any detectors that are 10 years old or older, they should be replaced immediately.

Check for Pests

Pests love attics and other parts of your house because they are warm and insulated. It is a good idea to grab a flashlight and make sure no furry animals have taken up residence in your attic.

Fall is also a great time to put your house on the market. If you are ready to sell, give William Raveis Real Estate a call.