October 10, 2019

Home Maintenance for the Fall Season

To protect your home from unpleasant surprises this winter, it's important to do some preventive home maintenance during the fall.

Outdoors

Check the roof

If you have any doubts about the condition of your roof, it's best to hire an expert to climb up there to assess its condition. If your roof has a steep enough slope, you can inspect it from the ground by using binoculars.

Fill any cracks

Check the foundation and siding of your house and if you find any cracks or other anomalies, call in a professional.

Have the chimney swept

It is recommended that you have your chimney swept at least once in the fall and, depending on usage, one more time in the spring.  

Put away summer accessories

Unplug any hoses and empty their water before the first frost arrives. Close up any outdoor outlets so that they don't crack in the cold. Store your outdoor furniture and barbecue in your shed or garage, making sure to leave the propane tank outside in a vertical position.

Protect your trees

Before winter and the arrival of snow, it is advisable to cover or install the necessary protection on your trees, shrubs and perennials.

Clean the gutters

In November, once the trees have lost all their leaves, check the inside of the gutters and clean them out with a hose if necessary. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, hire an expert.


Indoors

Check entrances and exits

Ensure that your doors and windows seal tightly and don't let the cold air in. Take off any screen doors and windows and check the condition of the weather stripping.

Check the heating system

Have a specialist perform the annual maintenance on your heating system. Clean your baseboard heaters with a vacuum cleaner if necessary. It's also time to unplug your air conditioning system.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors

Change the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and be sure they are working properly.

By maintaining your house during the cold seasons, you will extend the longevity and health of your home over many years. This will also help increase the resale value of your property.


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