At the beginning of the year there are many things to consider with your home. Some of the more important items are.
Are your emergency devices still working? Are they fully charged? Routinely checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in January makes it easy to remember when they were last inspected. Be sure to check the batteries if they are not hard wired and maybe replace them anyway. This is also a good time to look at any fire extinguishers you may have in your home as well, they do have expiry dates. If your not sure then check with your local fire department.
The beginning of the year is also a great time to dig through your closets and find new homes for items you no longer want or use; maybe they simply do not belong in that closet, or it's time to donate them. Many organizations can certainly make good use of your unwanted items. There are great closet organizers, shelving, hanger bars, baskets and drawer systems which are easy to install and can help with future organization. After you remove everything from the closet, take inventory of what needs to be stored; and before you start putting items back, give the closet a good cleaning! Check for any mold or wall damage and correct before putting items back.
Once you start putting items back in, you will notice how neat and organized it has become.
Even though snow is still falling across many parts of Canada, it's always a good idea to inspect your roof, gutters and drainage areas. While pretty, icicles hanging from your roof and gutters can cause damage to your roof and cause leaks, resulting in moldy walls, and deteriorated foundations. If you are unsure whether your gutters are cleared of ice and leaves, it's time to call a professional.
To check for proper insulation and ventilation, head inside to take a look around your attic! Again make sure you have enough insulation to do the job properly. Heat loss is money lost.