Get Your Home Ready for Fall

How time flies! It’s now officially Fall. The changing weather is a good reminder to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running in tip-top shape. Follow these handy tips and check these items off your list to keep your home comfortable and to save on costly repairs and aggravation later.

Outdoor Maintenance
  • Clean out your eavestroughs and downspouts.
    Falling leaves will fill your eavestroughs and downspouts, blocking water from making its way off your roof and away from your home. Keep the water outside where it belongs by regularly cleaning out your eavestroughs and downspouts. Here’s how to do it.
  • Check weather stripping.
    Check the stripping around exterior doors and windows, including your garage door, to see if it is worn or cracked. Weather stripping typically needs replacing every few years.
  • Inspect your roof.
    Most asphalt shingled roofs will last between 15 to 20 years, but it doesn’t hurt to take a peek at the quality of your roof before winter is upon us. Check for signs of worn, loose or missing shingles, and make sure that your eavestroughs and flashing are securely attached. For more details, check out this roof inspection checklist.
  • Store away summer supplies.
    It’s time to put away the lawn mower, hoses (while you’re at it, turn off and drain the outdoor water line!), sprinklers, lawn furniture, and so on. If you have a shed, make sure it’s organized and arranged with the summer stuff in the back and the winter supplies front and ready. 
  • Tend to your yard and garden.
    Now is the time to fertilize your lawn, as your grass will store the nutrients in its roots as it goes dormant over the winter, preventing both winter damage and spring weeds. Now is also the best time to prune your plants and tend to your garden – here are some good tips. Of course, there are also leaves to be raked and put out on the curb. Here are some great tips for getting your kids excited about helping with yard work.
Indoor Maintenance
  • Service your appliances and test your safety devices.
    This means a new filter for your furnace and/or HVAC, testing to ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors, and fire extinguishers are working properly, and powering down your A/C from the breaker in your main electrical panel.
  • Do a full home safety check.
    It’s a good idea to make a home safety check an annual tradition. Take time with your family to review fire escape plans, ensure that they know how the smoke detectors and other safety devices work, and rid your home of any fire hazards.
  • Program your thermostat.
    Set your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature at night and when you’re not at home. Both environmentally-friendly and cost-effective, this is one of our favourite tips.
With just a bit of work now, you can ensure that your home will run smoothly all winter, keeping you and your family in the utmost comfort. What’s on your home fall maintenance checklist – did we miss anything? Join us on Facebook and let us know!