Your Fall Checklist
September 20, 2017 | Heather Griesser LaPierre
The summer months for this year are behind us and we turn our attention to fall and all that it has to offer. It’s the ideal time to undertake some home maintenance. We have put together a fall checklist to help you prepare your home for the approaching winter.

Outside 
  • A drop in the temperature will be your cue to cover or put away your summer furniture and grill so that they don’t get damaged during the colder months.
  • Think about investing in gutter guards before the leaves start to fall. Otherwise, check and clean out gutters and downspouts regularly. If they become clogged, your roof and siding could get damaged when a storm hits as the water will have nowhere to go.
  • The falling leaves also need racking. Pretty as they look, they can be a slip hazard and stop spring growth if left over the winter months.
  • Many of us only inspect our roof when there is a problem. However, inspecting your roof at least once a year is a good idea. This way any potential problems, such as loose shingles can be fixed before they turn into big problems when the harsher weather arrives
  • Fall is a good time to have your trees checked for dead wood and damaged limbs. This will help towards preventing falling limbs when the storms and snow arrive.
  • Get out that caulking gun and seal up any gaps and cracks around doors and windows. Also look for areas where pipes or wiring leave the house and seal round those as well.
  • Also look for other gaps where mice or other unwelcome guests could get into your home and make repairs.
  • Inspect walkways, the driveway, railings and steps to make sure they are all in good condition. Come winter time you don’t want it to be hazardous getting to your front door.
  • Drain anything outside that contains water such as the garden hose and sprinkler system. Think about anything else that contains water and could potentially freeze and cause issues such as outside faucets and make sure they are winter proof.
Inside 
  • Get your chimney swept if you plan to use your fire over the cooler months as creosote can build up in your chimney and catch alight.
  • If you have a furnace or gas-fired room heater, now is the time to get them checked. Cleaning or replacing furnace filters will help your furnace run more effectively and efficiently.
  • A job that should be done regularly anyway is an inspection of smoke alarms and CO monitors. If you haven’t, now is a good time to check they are all in good working order.
Supplies 
  • Inspect your snow equipment such as snow shovels, snow blowers, and ice-scrapers to ensure they are good for another winter. If not, buy replacements.
  • Make sure that you have emergency supplies in your car in case you break down and save the number of your breakdown service in your phone.
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