Oakville Real Estate News

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Blog by Joette Fielding | September 9th, 2014

Fall Home Maintenance TipsAlthough the daytime temperatures are still warm, the nights are beginning to get a bit cooler and the trees are already starting to change colour. Fall is on its way and it’s time to start thinking about those yearly autumn chores.

Begin your home’s fall maintenance check-up by thoroughly examining the exterior of your house.  Note any peeling paint or cracked caulking. Fall is the ideal time to paint and reseal your home for the impending cold winter months ahead. Check your roof for any loose or missing shingles and make certain that any repairs are completed before the cold temperatures set in and the snow begins to fall.

If you weren’t able to tackle them in the spring, clean your eaves troughs now. Take a close look at the weather stripping on all your doors, including the garage doors. Replace or repair where needed to keep those winter drafts at bay.

If you have large trees located on your property, trim any dead or dying branches, especially any that are close to your home. Brisk winter winds can easily snap off brittle limbs and cause damage to your home. If the tree is close to the curb, it may belong to the city, so call first to find out who is responsible. The city may elect to trim the tree or hire their own arborist to do so.

Clean all dead leaves and debris away from your air conditioning unit outside and cover the unit to protect it over the winter.

Give your outdoor patio and lawn furniture a deep and thorough cleaning.  Once dry, stack and store your pieces in a clean and dry place to prevent any potential mould or mildew buildup. 

Even if you are a year-round griller, fall is still the perfect time to give your BBQ a good, thorough cleaning with a wire brush.  If storing your BBQ for the winter, remove the propane tank and store it in a safe place.  Cover the BBQ to protect it from the elements, or move it to your shed or garage.

Garden and lawn tools will also benefit from a thorough cleaning before storing them away for the season. Hose down your lawnmower, shovels and other tools, removing all dirt and debris. Once dry, consider covering your tools with a light coat of linseed oil before storing them to prevent them from rusting. 

Fall is also the ideal time to replace your furnace filter to ensure that your furnace operates at its optimum efficiency through the cold winter months.  Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Have your carpets cleaned to remove the summer’s sand and dirt blown in through open windows.  Clean out your hall closets – pack away the flip flops and sandals and get the boots ready so that you are not caught off guard when the weather turns wintery.

Have your wood-burning fireplace cleaned by a professional and stack a few pieces of birch logs next to the hearth for ambiance.  If your fireplace is gas, light the pilot light or call in the gas company for a servicing to ensure that it is ready and functioning when the nights turn cold.

These simple annual chores will keep your home’s interior and outdoor items in top condition, prevent winter damage and even save energy. 


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