Fall home maintenance tasks

  1. Clear downspouts, check drainage
  2. Weather stripping on doors - Before the snow flies, have a look at all windows and doors for degraded weather stripping or obvious gaps
  3. Check grading around house and walkways - Proper grading around your foundation is step #1 in keeping your basement dry.  The fall season is the best time to prepare your home for both the spring thaw and the spring rains.  Also check grading around walkways to avoid ice buildup from melting snow which can create safety hazards during the winter months.
  4. Pull weeds/clear debris - Make sure all surfaces were snow removal is expected are smooth and clear before the shovel is called into action.  Weeds and debris can also wreak havoc on your snow blowers.
  5. Shut off water taps – Quick and easy, shut off taps at a point inside the home and drain all water from pipes outside the warm zones of you property.
  6. Trim trees – A good maintenance activity in the early fall when the branches are full and heavy with leaves and local leaf depots are up and running.  Waiting until the leaves fall may seem beneficial, however, bare trees will not clearly show where trimming is necessary.
  7. Mulch vulnerable trees/plants – Add an excessive layer of mulch to help young and vulnerable plants through the harsh winter conditions.
  8. Clean garage/work spaces – now is the time to make sure your indoor work spaces are clean and clear so the work can continue indoors once the mercury plummets and your fingers no longer work properly outside.
  9. Pack up all outdoor furniture and decor - Another basic annual chore, properly pack and store all your lawn furniture but don’t forget flower pots, lawn ornaments and other decor items.  Proper storage away from the elements will extend the life of all your possessions.
  10. Move barbecue – As an avid griller you can never let the weather stand between you and that perfect steak.  Once the patio furniture is stored and space opens up on the deck, move your grill into a position more accessible but still a safe distance from the house.  Consider how easy it will be to clear a path to your grill.
  11. Check mailbox condition – If you’re in a rural area, ensure your mailbox is in a condition that will withstand the wave of snow and ice off the blade of a passing snow plow.  If you have door to door delivery in an suburban area, make sure you’re prepared to easily create safe access for your letter carrier.
  12. Test outdoor lighting – Check all your outdoor lights, especially ones that get very little use and are forgotten during the long, sunlit days of summer.  Keep in mind the winter ritual of leaving for work in the dark only to return home after sunset.  You will want to make sure all areas around your house are well lit.
  13. Make waste receptacles accessible – Just as clear access to the BBQ makes grilling easy during the harsh winter months, creating a short, clear path to any outdoor waste staging areas will make waste disposal a breeze.

 

Marjorie Howatt

Marjorie Howatt

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CENTURY 21 Westman.com Ltd.
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