With the autumn season quickly approaching, it's time to put away all your summer lawn equipment, but it's also a great time to maintenance your shed before the cold weather sets in. In fact, for many people, fall is also an opportunity to do a little last-minute cleaning before the winter. It's not hard to maintenance your shed at all and here are a few tips to help you for the fall. 

7 Shed Maintenance Tips You Should Know 

1. Visual Inspection 

The fall is a great time to do a visual inspection and check for any cracks, leaks, broken doors, or windows. If your area is prone to heavy snow, it can cause structural damage from the excess moisture. A visual inspection can also help you spot entryways that critters are using to occupy your shed. You can also check for loose wires, broken outlets, and broke workbenches. Visually inspect your shed for damages and repair any faulty areas while the weather is still permissible.

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2. Remove Any Leaves or Excess Debris 

Excess leaves and debris can harbor moisture around your shed and be a breeding ground for mildew or mold. Free air flow will help your shed maintain a dry environment. More importantly, leaves and debris will hide critters that will make your shed their home during the cold winter months. Be sure to trim your grass, weeds, and vegetation away from your shed. 

3. Check the Roof 

Your roof is one of the most important structural components of your shed and should be inspected and repaired during the fall in preparation for spring and summer. Your roof is subjected to consistent heat and cold. It's important to make sure the shingles are intact and there are no holes in the roof to avoid having to replace your unit. If cleaning the roof is all you need to do, mix 50 percent bleach and water for the best results. 

4. Clean the Interior & Exterior of Your Shed 

While the weather is still feasible, this is an excellent opportunity to clean the inside and outside of your shed. In fact, the fall season is a great time to use a brush and hose to clean your shed from top to bottom. The experts suggest using a mild detergent and a regular hose because pressure washing can force water under the siding panels and create structural damage and eventually lead to mold. 

5. Organize Your Tools & Equipment 


Since most people will be storing their tools and equipment for the winter, the fall is a great time to organize your home and garden accessories. This is also an opportunity for you to take everything out of your shed and sweep the entire floor. Drain the gas and oil from all your summer lawn equipment to avoid excess spills on your shed flooring. You'll be glad you've prepared all your tools and equipment when it's time to use them next spring. 

6. Paint Your Shed 

The summer can be harsh on your storage shed and create a lot of dirt and debris. The fall is a wonderful time to give your shed a fresh coat of paint. Look for wear and tear along with areas affected by branches or shrubbery rubbing alongside your shed. If possible, use 100 percent acrylic exterior paint for the best results. 

7. Keep Critters Out ! 

You'll find nothing is worse than small pests and critters trying to make your shed their nest during the winter. Store bird seeds and pet food in airtight containers. Unfortunately, rats, mice, and snakes will use your shed as a place to keep warm during the winter too. You can set down traps or put down poison to deter them from using your shed as shelter during the colder months. If you want to keep your shed free from bugs, reducing the moisture is the key. 


Your shed is an investment that's worth protecting. There's no better opportunity to give your shed a once over than in the fall.