Like it or not, the fall is officially here. The late fall months and winter can put a lot of stress on a home, so it’s important to keep up with maintenance tasks in order to keep your property in tip top shape. Use this six easy fall maintenance projects to keep your home in peak condition through the chillier winter months.

Check for Peeling Paint

Inspect exterior walls to see if your paint is peeling on your property. Peeling paint is a sign that your paint is in the process of deteriorating. If left untreated, this can lead to water damage in certain areas and expensive repairs in the future.

Clean the Gutters

After the majority of the leaves have fallen, remember to clean out your gutters and downspouts, flush them with water and inspect joints and drainage areas. Clogged gutters are the main cause of ice dams in the late winter and early spring months, which can lead to water backing up on your roof and entering your property.

Seal Your Driveway

Inspect your driveway for cracks, clean out and repair any damaged driveway filler and then coat with a commercial sealer. New England winters are notoriously hard on asphalt, so it’s important to keep up on driveway maintenance.

Make Sure You Have Ample Winter Supplies

Have you ever seen a Home Depot the day following the first snowstorm of the year? Avoid scrambling crowds and sold out stores by preparing yourself now, before the rush for snow shovels and rock salt. Stock up on snowblower fuel, snow shovels, pet friendly ice melt and emergency car supplies so you’re not left without.

Weatherstripping Is Important, Too

Weatherstripping can be applied around the frames of windows and doors and help keep out cold drafts. Weatherstripping will help you keep down on energy costs later on in the winter months. Door sweeps and draft dodgers applied to the bottom of doors will also help keep the heat in.

Seal Gaps to Prevent Unwanted House Guests

It’s the time of year where suburban wildlife begin to seek shelter. Squirrels, chipmunks and mice will find your home a cozy place to ride out the snowier months. Fill small holes and cover large gaps that may allow access into your property. Consider inspecting more out of the way areas of your property to ensure you don’t already have guests, too.