Home Maintenance Tips for Fall and Winter

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Summer is officially over and Fall is finally here, what does this mean for your home maintenance? A greater need to prep things up now that Winter will also come knocking your door in just a few months. Here are great easy, go-to tips you can follow as approved by our professional home inspectors:

1. Always begin with the exteriors for home maintenance serviceshome maintenance services

The gutters and roof need to be checked thoroughly first for debris and leaves downspouts and the latter for any holes that may cause leaking and interrupting your home maintenance . Inspect it from top to bottom using binoculars. Simple dusting of the gutters from debris and covering with mesh guards for prevention is ideal so it won’t clog down during snow season. Make sure there are also no peeled off painting to avoid further damages.

2. Weatherproof your home from the ice buildup.
Most common areas include the pipes and gutter that are notorious for freezing and ice dam formation rendering them unusable when you most need them. Pipes that become frozen become annoying especially that you use water on a daily basis without falter. As a home maintenance rule, prevention is better than cure so make sure you have frost proof spigots if not, install an insulator but make sure. This rings true for exposed exterior pipelines.

3. Check all entry points from windows to doors and chimneys

Since you’ll be most likely cozying up with the family this winter, you wouldn’t want any of the heating to loosen up because that would be wasted energy and will probably be inefficient for months. As a home maintenance rule again make sure then that caulking around doors and windows are properly sealed to its optimum performance. It is also always better to remove window screens and have them replaced with storm windows for better protection.

4. Going indoors; check electrical system to gas pipes using a home maintenance schedule

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If you have gas pipes running along the house (for heating), check to see who among your house or family members are assigned for checking it regularly. For a better home maintenance yet get a pro and follow manufacturer instructions to the letter. Air conditioning would most likely be not needed too so turn it off right from the electrical distribution panel. If you think you don’t want to be hassled by any loose electrical wirings during winter, have them checked by qualified electricians too. Travel may be difficult during December to February so it’s best to have this option now.

5. You’ll never go wrong with heating and furnace

Inspect my House advocates safety during harsh cold seasons so they advise that you have your heating system and furnace checked by professionals especially if you plan to leave your home for extended periods of time to head south where winter is not as harsh. Home inspection services know a great deal of the best people to contact for such services for a better home maintenance

6. The special case of the chimney

And just don’t forget about the chimney too! If you like your sessions by the hearth for simple chat to gatherings, make sure it’s free from soot and flues are cleaned before you invite anyone over. There are certified chimney sweepers always at the ready to inspect your place and execute your home maintenance.

Written by

Navid Aghili, a visionary P. Eng., and professional house inspector, certified by InterNACHI, he has worked his way into many a home within Toronto and the GTA and wishes to extend his trusted services to more residential homes regardless of type (from condo to townhouse). He leads a group of other similarly talented, experienced and certified only inspectors to complete his Inspecting Dream Team. His InterNACHI membership number: #NACHI15041619.