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We wish it weren’t true but the summer is quickly coming to an end! As fall approaches, more time is spent around the home which makes the autumn months the perfect time to complete maintenance projects. We’ve compiled a list of the top things to inspect and maintain in and around your home before the winter rolls around.

Check your alarms. It is suggested to test and change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the beginning of each season. Fall is the perfect season to get rid of extra clutter that could create fire hazards. It’s also a great idea to create a fire escape plan for your home, and do a trial-run with your family, especially if you live with young children who might need reminders of what to do in case of an emergency.  

Prepare your yard. Raking fallen leaves is a given during the fall, but don’t forget to get rid of dead branches, trees and plants to prevent issues during harsh winter storms. Clean up and get rid of certain flowers in your garden; annuals will not make it through the winter so removing them now prevents a messy spring. Don’t forget to clean out and organize your garage and shed to make room for all of your summer equipment, including lawn mowers, patio sets and gardening supplies.

Take a closer look at your roof. Look for missing or damaged shingles and don’t forget to check for water leaks. During the late fall, it is important to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage on your property.

Inspect and prepare heating sources, including fireplaces, woodstoves and furnaces. Have a professional inspect and perform routine maintenance on your heating sources to ensure they are safe to use for the winter. Chop or buy wood for your fireplace and make sure to store in a clean, dry area. Don’t forget to replace your furnace filter – it is suggested to do so every 2-4 months!

Prepare your windows for colder weather. Inspect your windows and doors for cracks in which air might come in from. If you notice any gaps, seal them with caulking.  

Although this list might seem overwhelming at first, it is important to note that the better you prepare your home in the fall, the less damage will occur in the winter and hopefully, less work will be needed in the spring. Spread this list out over September, October and November so that you still have time to enjoy the beautiful Canadian colours that the fall brings!

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