Fall Home Maintenance ChecklistTake care of your largest investment
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Fall is a good time to take care of home repair projects
We like to think winter sneaks up on us here in Canada. But it doesn’t. We know its coming.
Your home is your largest investment. You rely on it to protect you from the elements. You expect the dryer to work when turned on, You want to turn on the furnace or start a fire to warm the house.
But what are you doing to help? Your house relies on you as much as you rely on it.
If you think it is expensive or time-consuming to maintain your home. Think about how expensive it is to replace a furnace instead of cleaning it once a year. How expensive would it be to replace a roof when all you had to do is inspect it and clean out the eavestrough once a year.
Below is a simple home maintenance list to do in the fall.
Make exterior repairs
- Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding, and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it before winter weather hits.
- Leaves look beautiful blanketing the ground. But leaving too many leaves on a lawn over winter in a snowy area can inhibit spring growth. Make the job easier by choosing a lightweight rake. Also, wear gloves to protect your hands and bag the leaves or use them in a compost.
Clean gutters and downspouts
- Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts. Hire someone if you are not comfortable on a ladder. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.
Care for trees and shrubs
- If you have trees on your property, consider hiring an arborist to care for them. An arborist can spot signs of poor health early on to prevent tree loss. They also know how to prune to avoid falling limbs in winter storms.
Seal gaps where critters could enter
- Mice need only a tiny gap to be able to sneak into your house. With colder weather coming, the little critters out there will be looking for warm places to make a home. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps with heavy-duty hardware cloth.
Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway for winter safety.
- One covered with ice and snow, walking from the driveway to the front door can be quite a challenge. Make navigating around your home safer by checking that all stairs are in good shape. and have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make for easier shoveling.
Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses
- Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets. before the weather dips below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.
Stock up on winter supplies
- Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; replace as needed
- Pick up a bag of pet- and plant-safe ice melt,
- Restock emergency kits for car and home
- If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and purchase fuel
Check safety devices
- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.
- Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.
- If you haven’t checked your home for radon, fall is a good time to do so. As the weather gets cooler and windows stay shut more often, radon is more likely to become trapped in your home.
- Radon at high enough levels is harmful. If you find that your home has radon hire a contractor qualified to fix radon issues.
Add weatherstripping around the frames of windows and doors
- It helps boost winter warmth and cut energy costs. Add door sweeps to the base of drafty doors to keep heat in and cold air out.
Clean dryer vents
- Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire. Cool, dry fall weather increases static electricity. Which can ignite lint that has built up, so now is a key time to get that lint out. You can hire a duct cleaning specialist to clean the vents for you or clean the vent yourself.
Remove window A/C units
- If you use window air conditioning units in the summer, remove them before the weather turns cold. If you must leave window A/C units in, cover the entire exterior of the unit with an insulating wrap to keep cold air out.
Before you turn your heat on or start the fireplace
- Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Be sure to add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one — it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!
Deep-clean the kitchen
Once it gets colder, it is more difficult to open windows when cleaning with smelly cleaners.
- Degrease the range hood and filter
- Clean the oven
- Vacuum the refrigerator coils
- Scrub tile grout
- Clean light fixtures
- Wash the walls and backsplash
- Wash the garbage can and recycling bins
- Clean small appliances
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