Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: 7 Things You Must Check Each Fall

This fall weather is a reminder that the Edmonton winter is not far off (sad but true).

As miserable as winter can seem, it can also be one of the best seasons.

There’s nothing like curling up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and watching the snow fall.

Follow our quick tips below to help get your home cozy and winter ready before the deep freeze sets in.

1. Check around window and doors for drafts

A drafty window can really cool a room down, and be a big drain on energy bills! Luckily a cheap tube of caulk can be a permanent solution to a drafty window. If you are looking for a seasonal approach you can also cover windows with a layer of plastic sheet and double sided tape to cut down on drafting.

2. Visit your attic

Can you remember the last time you were in the attic? Probably not, and there’s a chance there are undetected drafts or gaps in your insulation. Take a peak up there and check everything is properly insulated.

3. Change your furnace filter

A fresh furnace filter not only improves air quality but will help your home heat more efficiently.

4. Check your radiators and heat vents

Shuffled any furniture around in the spring or summer? Check to make sure it’s not blocking access to your heat vents and radiators. Obscured heat vents and radiators will have a harder time heating the whole room.

5. Clean out your gutters

Cleaning your gutters is never fun, but a gutter blocked up in the fall will stay that way until the spring. It’s easier to clean them out in the fall when you aren’t trying to find the least icy patch on your lawn to place your ladder while you are trying to clean out an over flowing gutter.

6. Track down your snow shovel before the first snow fall

Move your snow shovel to an easily accessible spot before it snows. That way you won’t be stuck digging through the garage at 7 am to clear the sidewalks before they get trampled down during the day.

7. Wash and store your summer furniture

Put cushion covers through the wash, and hose down any plastic or wood furniture before putting it away for the winter. This way when spring happens you can enjoy patio season right away!

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7 Fall Home and Yard Maintenance Tips

The cool weather will be here before we know it – it’s a great time to make that “To-Do List” for your fall maintenance tasks. Keeping up with seasonal tasks is not only a great way to protect your home against damage from our harsh Edmonton winters, it’s also a great way to make sure that you are doing your part as a homeowner to keep your property looking and functioning properly. Here are 7 action items to add to your fall home maintenance list:

  1. Check all of the wood trim around your windows and doors for cracks, holes and peeling paint. Damage to your wood trim can lead to water and ice inside your home in the winter. Repair or seal any holes, cracks or damaged seals.  If the damage is too bad, consider replacing the wood altogether while the weather is still agreeable. This would also be the perfect time for a new paint job on your window and door trim.
  2. Check and clean the gutters and downspouts around your house. To protect them from falling leaves in September and October, consider installing gutter guards.
  3. Have a look at your roof and replace any damaged shingles that you find. Also have a look at the flshing around your chimney and make sure it is intact. If you are not a fan of heights, you can hire a roofing professional to come and have a look.
  4. Think about organizing your garage before the chill sets in. Make a spot for the garden tools that will soon be hibernating for the winter! Also, this is the perfect time to give it a good sweep out and make sure that there are no problems with the weather stripping on your doors – mice love warm, uninhabited garages when the chilly weather hits.
  5. Before the frost sets in, be sure to prune your trees and bushes back, as well as remove dead annuals.
  6. Schedule appointments for a chimney sweep and fireplace inspection before you start having fires indoors. Chimneys should be cleaned every 1-2 years and inspected to make sure that there are no leaks or damage.
  7. Another important appointment is a furnace inspection. It’s free and it’s important to make sure your furnace is functioning properly and efficiently, and that there are no carbon monoxide leaks.

Have fun cleaning up and call us if you have any questions about your Edmonton home insurance.