For many New Englanders, fall is their favorite time of year. The crisp air, changing leaves, apple picking excursions, and the promise of the upcoming holidays provide ample reason to celebrate this colorful season. And the cooler climate makes giving your home a deep fall cleaning a little easier.

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  • Clean and put away your outdoor furniture and garden decorations.
  • Inspect decking and patio areas. Now is the time to touch up paint and stain in these areas.
  • Take a close look at your exterior doors and windows. Install weatherstripping and caulking as needed.
  • Clean your exterior windows and power wash the house if necessary.
  • Replace bulbs in exterior lighting features. The days will be getting even shorter soon!
  • Rake and remove fallen leaves.
  • Examine and clean your gutters of leaves and debris.
  • Drain your garden hoses before putting them away in the garage or shed.
  • Sweep your front stoop and walkway.


  • Make decluttering your first fall cleaning task so all your other tasks will go more smoothly. Getting rid of clutter – storage, donation, or tossing – now means you’ll have room for the holiday decorations and entertaining that is right around the corner.
  • Vacuum those hard-to-reach areas that go undone during normal weekly cleanings. Dust windowsills and baseboards.
  • Clean interior windows.
  • Change the air filter on your heating unit and schedule a system inspection.
  • Clean out the refrigerator. Throw away any expired food, clean each shelve, and organize your remaining items when you return them to the refrigerator.
  • Inspect your dryer hose and vent for lint build up. Get serviced if needed.

Fall Cleaning and Home Selling

A fall cleanup is especially important if you plan to list your home for sale this season. Today’s buyers want a move-in ready home, after all. If you are thinking of selling your Greater Boston area home, please check out my posts on how to add curb appeal and my guide to home staging. And please contact me to schedule a free home valuation.

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