Fall is in full swing, and the snow is going to fall before we know it (unless you’re in Alberta where you were lucky enough to already have some early September snow!). There’s a lot of maintenance that comes with home ownership, and we know you’re busy so we’ve put together a handy list to help with your fall home maintenance.
Inspect Your Roof – You’ll want to check for any minor or major issues as they’re likely to worsen through the winter months. Look for signs that your roof could use repair such as existing holes or minor leaks, dried or cracked caulking, and, shingles that may be loose, torn or missing. You’ll also want to check for excessive shingle granules in the gutters.
Inspect & Clean Gutters and Downspouts – On-going maintenance is key to keeping your gutters in good condition. While it’s dry out leaves won’t cause much of a problem, but if you don’t get them cleaned out before winter, the water from melting snow in the spring will have no place to go, not to mention when water and debris freezes it makes your gutters heavier, which could cause your gutters to sag.
Empty Dirt from Flowerpots and Garden Containers – Cleaning out your flowerpots and other garden containers will make winter storage easier and save on time in the spring.
Shut Off Outdoor Water Valves – Locate and shut off your outdoor water valve for the winter months.
Drain Hoses and Store them Inside – Turn off your outdoor faucet and disconnect your garden hose. Once you’ve drained your garden hose, turn the outdoor faucet back on to allow any remaining water to flow out of the pipes.
Clean Porch and Deck Furniture – Clean any dust and dirt off of your outdoor furniture and store for the winter.
Plant Spring Bulbs – Spring flowering bulbs need to be planted in the fall once the soil has cooled. Plant them in a good spot, placing them with the pointy side up.
Trim Back Perennials – Perennials are not demanding plants, but trimming them back after flowering finishes in the fall helps to improve their flowering and appearance.
Organize Your Garage – Fall is a great time to organize your garage before the cold weather hits. You’ll want to store all of your summer gardening equipment and bring out your winter equipment.
Check Snow Removal Equipment – Ensure all of your snow removal equipment is in working order. You don’t want to be stuck with equipment that requires repair after the first big snowfall.
Test and Change Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors need to be tested regularly. Make some time to test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and change the batteries.
Change Furnace Filters – Your furnace filters should be changed every two to three months so before your turn it on again for the winter, change out the filter.
Seal Drafts Around Windows and Doors – With temperatures dropping, save on heating costs by checking your windows and doors, seal any that let in a draft.
Check Your Dryer’s Exhaust Tube – Check for any lint and debris to minimize the risk of fire.