Make a snow plow plan: If you live where it snows, you’re not going to want to wait until you’re trapped in your driveway to figure out how to remove the snow. Book a snow plow service in early fall, or get a snow blower (or make sure yours is in working order if you have one) so you’re ready at the first sign of winter.
Make a lawn mowing plan: Many cities have rules about how long your grass can be, and letting your grass get too long can also invite bugs and rodents into your yard. Book a lawn mowing service or get a lawn mower in early spring.
Check indoor and outdoor caulking: Your home has caulking everywhere. It’s around in the inside and outside of windows and doors, and around your tub and sinks. That caulking helps protect your home, so check it out closely every year and re-caulk if necessary. Make sure you buy the right caulk for each job (some types are for exterior use, others are made for tubs and sinks), and also remove the old caulk before applying the new stuff.
Touch up exterior paint: Your paint has an even bigger job than making your house look good; it protects your siding. Even if you’re not ready to repaint your entire house, scrape any peeling paint every year and repaint any exposed siding.
Stain and seal the deck: Wood decks require annual maintenance to stay in good shape. Re-stain and seal your deck every year. Fall is a good time to do it, as the cooler weather is ideal for the job, and your deck will be protected all winter. This can be a DIY home project or you can have a handyperson do it.
Test your sump pump: Your sump pump protects your home from flooding, so make sure it’s in working order.
Drain the water heater: Sediment builds up in your water heater over time and can shorten the life of the appliance. Drain it annually to get the sediment out before any damage occurs. If you have well water that is hard or contains high levels of minerals, you may want to do this more often.