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Prepare Your Home for Winter

The temperatures are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. Whether you’re ready for it or not, autumn is officially here. If you haven’t already, the deadline to clear the flower pots and the vegetable gardens is fast approaching. You can replace the summer greens with hardy fall plants like mums instead. It’s also time to put away the lawn furniture and get your house prepared for what’s in store over the next six months.

Fall is an important month for house preparation. It is the transition from summer into the colder months of winter. Since the transition can be drastic, it is important to prepare your home. Here are some tips on things you should do now to help make your home more comfortable during fall (and winter). If you’re not comfortable handling any of these tasks yourself, hire a professional to ensure you don’t get hurt or cause unnecessary damage to your home.

Caulk Around Windows, Doors and Other Openings

You want to prevent cold air from getting in and warm air from getting out. Caulking around windows and doors does just that. It is always a good idea to do a perimeter check to see if you need to add more caulking in certain spots. Having a good seal around these openings will not only make your home more comfortable, but will also help you waste less energy and save you money. Even if you checked in the spring, be safe and do another check right before winter. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Another tip is to focus on other areas, not just doors and windows. Some of the areas that will need caulking include dryer and bathroom exhaust vents, cables and pipes that run outside the house. 

Clean Eaves and Rake the Lawn

Fall brings us beautiful colours, but soon enough those colourful leaves will fall down. Leaves, twigs and other debris will definitely end up in your eavestroughs and downspouts. It is important to clean the eavestroughs to ensure water isn’t blocked, because if it is, it can damage the roof. Another good reason to clear eavestroughs and downspouts are those pesky critters. Full gutters and downspouts are also an invitation for critters, who will nest in them before eventually attempting to get into your attic and potentially causing a lot of damage. Ensure the eavestroughs are cleaned regularly until all the leaves have completely fallen from the trees. If you aren’t comfortable cleaning it yourself, hire a professional to do the job.

Another house chore is raking the lawn. Depending how many trees are in your neighbourhood, this can be a tremendous task if you wait until the last minute. Get a head start on raking by doing it once a week. You can even hire one of the kids in the neighbourhood, they would definitely be up for the task.

Inspect the Fireplace and Check the Roof

It is recommended to have a professional check your roofs and fireplace. For the fireplace you want to make sure that is clean. Also check to ensure the damper opens and closes properly. In regards to the roof you may want to check it before that first snow hits. Check to see if shingles are damaged or missing.