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I think we can likely all agree that cleaning is not anyone’s favourite task. However, when it comes to seasonal maintenance of your home, unfortunately, there is not much you can do to avoid it. In fact, it is in your best interest not to. Failing to keep your home in tip-top shape and staying on top of maintenance tasks will lead to integrity issues of your home’s exterior. Here are the top things to take care of before the snow flies:
Leaves may look pretty when they are on the trees and make for beautiful Instagram photos in their prime, but once they fall and start hitting the ground, a lot of havoc can ensue. Raking the leaves off your lawn is important to make sure they are not left there for the winter, causing mould to your lawn and plants underneath. Having your gutters cleaned and freed from leaves is also important to ensure your home maintains proper drainage. Without it, water could back up under your shingles, causing damage to the roof and creating moisture in your attic’s insulation.
2. Seal it Up
You could say batten down the hatches, or whatever term works for you, but ultimately, one thing is the same: you need to prepare the exterior of your home for the winter. Go around your home and make sure your doors and windows have an adequate sealant around the edges so that the drafty winds do not blow through. Check for any inadequacies in insulation in your home’s attic and look around for any critters that have decided to make your home theirs. If you have outdoor sheds or greenhouses, prepare them for snowfall and if necessary, wrap up delicate plants and shrubs as well.
During the fall months (especially before it starts to get cold) it is the time to double-check all of your internal home systems. You do not want to wait until there is a major winter storm to find out that your furnace could have used a service call! It is advisable to have your furnace and heating system cleaned and inspected by a professional annually. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, ensure you have your chimney swept too! Lastly, make sure you have shut off all your exterior taps as January is no time for a burst water pipe!
While maintenance in every season is important, the fall-winter transition is particularly critical due to the damage that Old Man Winter can bring to us.