Home Maintenance for the Fall

When children start returning to school it reminds us that summer's almost over. Before Fall is fully upon us, take some time to get your home ready for the colder weather ahead.

CMHC has a checklist for regular home maintenance. Here are a few to keep in mind before the weather turns chilly.

Weather Stripping

Make sure your windows and doors close tightly to reduce the draft in your home. Replace worn out weather stripping to keep the warm air in and the cold air where it belongs - Outside!

Baseboard heaters

Do you ever get the burning smell when you first turn on the heat? Getting rid of the dust on your heaters will help reduce the burning smell that's so common the first few times of use.

Furnace or Heating System

It's recommended that you have your electric furnace or heating system serviced every two years. Having regular maintenance of your heating system will ensure it's working as efficient as possible, saving you energy costs.

Foundation

Take a walk around your home and make sure the ground slopes away from your foundation. Look for cracks or imperfections, and seal them or call a contractor if necessary.

Roof

Inspect your roof and replace any broken shingles. It may be a good idea to have your roof inspected every few years to make sure it's in good standing order. Clean the debris from your eavestroughs and roof and make sure downspouts are draining properly.

Landscape

Fall is a great time to get your garden ready for the colder months and to ensure you have a beautiful garden in the Spring.

  • Cut back the flowers after blooms wilt
  • Prune dead and dangerous branches from your property's trees to ensure they don't damage property during strong winds.
  • Bring patio cushions insidedrain your outdoor hoses and store them for the winter.
  • Plant some bulbs for spring.

A well-maintained home can has many advantages, like more costly fixes resulting from neglect. Your home is one of the biggest investments in your life. It's worth the time and effort you put into it.

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