We love the crisp air and warm colours fall brings, but it also comes along with a hefty list of maintenance jobs to get your home and yard ready for the changing weather. We've compiled a comprehensive list of jobs to ensure your home is prepared for winter and your yard is set up for a successful spring.

Exterior Home Maintenance

  • Clean gutters
  • Check your roof
  • Make exterior repairs
  • Check the weather stripping on doors and windows
  • Seal gaps where critters can enter: Steel wool is great for keeping mice out. Fill cracks and small holes with steel wool, then use caulk or expanding foam filler to fully close up the area.
  • Clean out dryer vents

Lawn & Yard Maintenance

  • Prune Trees & Shrubs
  • Clean out your garden beds
  • Rake your lawn
  • Mow: It's recommended to mow your lawn shorter in the fall to prevent extra length from getting packed down, causing mould and disease, but not so short as to leave the roots exposed to the elements.
  • Fertilize and/or oversees
  • Water

Outdoor Tools & Toys

  • Unhook, drain and store hoses
  • Shut off exterior taps
  • Clean and store outdoor furniture, toys and accessories
  • Check winter gear like a snowblower to ensure everything is in working order before the first snowfall.
  • Clean your bbq

Interior Home Maintenance

  • Test smoke & CO2 detectors
  • Shut off the power to your AC unit
  • Clean your humidifier filter
  • Adjust humidifier levels
  • Change furnace filter
Fire Place & Chimney Maintenance: The National Fire Code of Canada requires all chimneys to be inspected every 12 months. Many fireplace warranties require annual inspections to maintain the limited warranty. A chimney inspection will also be able to tell you if a chimney sweep is necessary to keep your fireplace and chimney clean and up to code. Declutter your closets: Much like the spring, fall is a great time to declutter your home. While you're putting away your warm weather gear, you can assess what you used and what you didn't and purge while it is still fresh in your mind; no point storing items for next summer if you didn't use them this summer. Likewise, when you're pulling out your cool-weather things, consider if you actually used them last winter or will use them for the coming winter. If the answer is no, then perhaps it is time to part with those items as well. Posted by Liv Real Estate on
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