Fall home maintenance checklist

Fall is in the air. The days are getting shorter and the temperature is feeling a little cooler. While you may be ready to enjoy hot apple cider and pumpkin carving, it’s also time to prepare your home for cold weather.

Here’s a checklist of 14 important fall home maintenance tasks to consider doing every year.

  1. Seal any air leaks
  2. Check your roof
  3. Clean your gutters and downspouts
  4. Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  5. Adjust your thermostat
  6. Have your furnace inspected
  7. Check your air and water filters
  8. Drain your water heater
  9. Prep your lawn and trees
  10. Clean and store lawn equipment
  11. Turn off exterior faucets
  12. Inspect and clean your fireplace chimney
  13. Keep firewood dry
  14. Flip your mattress


The Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist

50 Ways to Get Your Deepest Clean Yet:

Having a fall cleaning checklist seems a little bit like getting tricked into some kind of second spring cleaning. Didn’t you just wash the curtains and wipe down those ceiling fan blades?

But hear me out: Giving your home some extra attention before cozying up inside it for fall and winter means you’ll enjoy that special time at home more than ever. Whether it’s movie night on the couch snuggled in warm blankets or turning on the fireplace and cranking up the music as you sip cold-weather drinks, home is such a big part of the season, and working your way through a fall cleaning checklist is the most straightforward way to get your home ready for it. READ MORE

Fall Home Improvement Projects

If spring is the best time of year to give your home a thorough cleaning, then fall is the best time to tackle home improvement projects. Not only does the cooler weather force us inside more often, but it’s also the perfect season to finish things up before a long winter.

11 Home Improvement Ideas for Fall

Which projects are best to tackle in the fall? And which ones can you DIY versus finding professional help? Here are our top home improvement ideas for fall.

1. Paint your front door

There are few things that enhance curb appeal like a freshly painted door, especially if the paint job is perfectly executed. Fall is a good time for many exterior painting projects, especially before the weather turns icy and wet. Since many fall days don’t dip below freezing, it’s a good way to beat the summer heat and give your entryway a brand-new look. READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

JUST SOLD – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr, Rio Vista

This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, a gym & more. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 4052 Heaton Ct. Antioch
4 bed/3 bath/2,873sqft/4,748sqft lot

$759,000 – Move in ready, with curbside appeal. This home shows pride of ownership. Newer 24 tile floors greet you at the entrance & throughout the main floor w/6 baseboards. Den & full bath are at the front of the home then passing to the living room & dining, where high ceilings provide a feeling of grandness. The remodeled kitchen has new white cabinets w/soft closing doors, quartz counters w/alined vines & chevron tile backsplash, new stainless appliances, a Bosch dishwasher & refrigerator. Gas stove w/air fryer oven & standard oven & Zepher hood make for a gourmet chef’s delight. The chef has a pantry, stainless workstation sink & ambiance lighting above the cabinets. The kitchen opens up to the family room with a corner electric fireplace enhanced by tile surrounding the wall. Venture upstairs to the 4 bedrooms, LVP flooring 4 baseboards throughout. The laundry room is at the top of the stairs, & primary bedroom is at the rear of the home with a view of the river. The large primary bath has double sinks, an oval tub & tiled shower with a beautiful frameless door. READ MORE

JUST LISTED – 500 Coronado Way, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/2,048sqft

$529,500 – Don’t miss out on this stunning Burlingame model, located on a corner lot with minimal exposure to rear neighbors. The entrance has been upgraded with stamped/dyed concrete as well as, the 2 rear patios. This home has great curb appeal, & as you step inside, you can feel the warmth from the soft decorating neutral tones & plush carpet. The flex space provides you with additional room for entertaining, both for seating & dining and the gourmet kitchen equipped with stainless appliances for the chef includes an island for bar stools & sink. Extra counter space also provides as excellent spot for a buffet or displaying your treasures. This home has a nook for casual dining & space for a formal dining room table, as well as a den/study. The gas fireplace with w/upgraded mantle in the great room makes for a cozy room too. The primary suite is larger than most and accommodates a king bed with ample room around. Slider to private patio w/privacy screen provides a cozy spot for morning coffee/nightcap. The primary bath has double sinks, a walk-in shower & walk-in closet. The 2nd bedroom is located in front of the home, this provides privacy for both guests & homeowners. Move-in ready, just bring your treasures and join the fun in this Active Adult Community. 2 pools/spas, tennis courts, bocce ball, and billiards. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 718 Allender Way, Rio Vista

3bed/2bath/1,346sqft5,306sqft lot

$545,000 – As you approach this gorgeous home, it radiates pride of ownership. The driveway has been extended with new concrete on both sides of the home. New exterior paint with newer drought-resistant landscaping w/new walkway to front door & drip system w/timer. As you step inside, the home has new interior paint, baseboards & LVP flooring throughout. The kitchen has painted cabinets with quartz counters, a stainless sink & refrigerator. Then step out to the newly landscaped backyard w/new patio, custom pergola, 8 X 12 pool, security fence & all new perimeter fencing, as well as french drains from back to front. The primary bath has painted cabinets, new mirrors & light fixtures. His & Her closets with a barn door that provides bath privacy. The home has all-new light fixtures, hardware, a whole house fan, water filtration & softener, & reverse osmosis, and electric vehicle chargers. Just bring you furniture & enjoy this move-in ready home and bask in the sun with a BBQ. Room for RV parking. A solar lease is only $89 a month, 25 yr lease & transferable. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint little located in the heart of the Delta, close to San Francisco, wine country, and Sacramento. Enjoy water sports, fishing & duck hunting. MORE INFO

Events in Northern California this Weekend

Candy Palooza Classic Car Show
Sun, Sep 24, 9 AM – 5 PM
Jelly Belly Candy Store, 1 Jelly Belly Ln, Fairfield

The 10th Annual Candy Palooza is back at Jelly Belly Candy Company, where visitors can enjoy quality arts and crafts booths, pony rides, food vendors and more! The Jelly Belly Visitor Center and Museum will be open all day and tours are from 9:15am – 4pm where guests can learn how the famous Jelly Belly jelly beans are made!

Candy Palooza at Fairfield’s Jelly Belly
Saturday & Sunday September 23 & 24, 2023
9am – 5pm
Admission & Parking is FREE (some attractions require a fee)
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield

For more information, visit JellyBelly.com.

Vacaville Arts Fest
Sat, Sep 23, 10 AM – 5 PM
Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr, Vacaville

Taking place on September 23rd, Vacaville Arts Fest is the most exciting arts and culture event in Vacaville, California. It is a celebration of the diversity and wealth of creative talent Vacaville has to offer. Arts Fest highlights the vibrant art and culture scene in Vacaville by showcasing creative arts such as: visual arts, demonstration, performances, musical arts and much more.


Field of Dreams BBQ
Sat, Sep 23, 4 – 11 PM
6150 Dixon Ave W, DixonCool Patch Pumpkins,

Field of Dreams BBQ

Come join Solano Family First Responders on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 6150 Dixon Avenue West in Dixon, California for our annual Field of Dreams BBQ at Cool Patch Pumpkins. Whether you’re a BBQ enthusiast, county music fan, or just looking to have a great time supporting a great cause, the Field of Dreams BBQ is the perfect event for you! We’ll have live music, dancing, raffles, and a no-host bar. All proceeds go toward providing mental health services and counseling for first responders and their families within Solano County. Dust off your boots, and be ready to dance the night away as country music sensations, Luke and Kaylee, get us “Back Road Flyin.”

Doors open at 4pm and close when the cows come home. READ MORE

California Capital Airshow
Sat, Sep 23, 9 AM – Sun, Sep 24, 5 PM
Mather Airport, 10425 Norden Ave, Mather

Established in 2004, the California Capital Airshow 501(c)3 plans and operates the exciting, family-friendly annual event designed to honor the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans while using the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, charitable group donations and exciting educational youth programming throughout the year. READ MORE

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