As the seasons change so do our duties and responsibilities as homeowners. Every season brings with it a different kind of weather that we need to prepare for to avoid any problems with our property. As you read on you’ll find home maintenance tips for fall, the season we’re currently in, as well as a comprehensive home maintenance checklists for the other three as well.
Unfortunately for many of us, fall means that summer has ended and cool temperatures have begun. The leaves will start to drop and you’ll spend less time outside of your house. If you live in an area where trees surround your property you’ll be blessed with a beautiful sight, but an awful cleanup. Leaves will get in your eavestrough and you’ll need to stay on top of them. As it gets colder in the latter days of fall you may even consider turning on your fireplace, which also requires its fair share of home maintenance.
- Make sure you clean out your gutters at least once a month to avoid damage due to too much buildup.
- Rake the leaves as regularly as you can and dispose of them in leaf bags or use them for mulch.
- Check your roof for any cracks and take a look at your chimney to be sure it’s fit for use.
- Inspect your snowblower to check that it’s in working condition.
- If you have any storm windows now is the time to close them, and keep them closed.
- put away your garden hose and store away any patio furniture.
- Because you will be spending more time inside it’s time to tidy up in there. Dust off your blinds and curtains, empty the fridge and cupboards of old food, and begin thinking about setting up traps for rodents or calling a pest inspector. Mice and rats don’t like the cold either, and may use your house as a temporary (or permanent) home in the upcoming months.
- Examine your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms to make sure their batteries don’t need changing.
- Get your furnace inspected as it will be very important to you surviving the winter.
- Install weather strips on any windows and doors that are not sealed tight to keep the warm air in and save on your utility bills.
Fall was there to prep you for the cold, and now that the snow is here you can enjoy the winter sports and test your patience as you endure the neverending snow shoveling. While our home maintenance seasonal checklist for fall covered a lot of very important items there are still a few things to look out for. After all, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your house is a safe and warm place for you and your family.
- Cover up the central air system to keep it protected during the harsh snowfalls. If you have an external air conditioner remove that from the window as it doesn’t offer nearly the same protection from the winter air as double-paned glass.
- If you left your solar lights outside during the fall now is the time to remove them and store them away. Gather up any garden tools and decorations as well.
- Keep a snow shovel in a convenient area for easy access during less than favourable weather conditions.
- Now that you’re running the furnace regularly you want to make sure to clean and/or replace the filter when necessary.
- Keep your kitchen appliances clean and make sure your drains are free of any debris that may clog them. Plumbing issues that could result otherwise will be very difficult to solve while the ground is frozen.
Glorious spring! Doesn’t it always feel like it comes too late? The term “spring cleaning” is very fitting, since while you were hibernating indoors the yard and exterior of your house have suffered through the winter and now need to be revived. Get yourself outside and start sprucing up your home so that you can begin enjoying the warmer weather and beautiful flowers!
- Your eavestrough probably froze a fair amount during the winter, so try to clean them out now as best as you can. Branches may have fallen into them and there may be cracks caused by the drop in temperature. Check your roof over as well.
- Hopefully any paint on your home has stayed resilient. If not you may need to touch this up a little.
- Wash all of your windows both inside and out. Over the winter dirt builds up and it doesn’t look pretty.
- Now is the time to break out your patio furniture and garden decorations again.
- Get your lawnmower back in shape, and start taking the necessary steps to bring your lawn back to life.
- Watch for weeds popping up. If you don’t remove them right away they’ll spread over your property faster than you can say “spring flowers.”
- If you have a sump pump you should take the time to test it out and make sure it still works well.
- Clean the inside of your house, as your lengthy stay indoors means that a thorough cleaning is in order.
- Your windows have been closed for a very long time, so on a nice spring day leave them open for a few hours to air out your home.
Sunny days, late nights, and beautiful weather. It really is a shame summer doesn’t last longer in Canada. You’ve probably been counting down the days for summer to arrive, and it’s safe to say that so has everyone else! There’s no better time than now to spend outdoors, catching some rays and enjoying the fresh air. Summer isn’t a season to forget about all of your responsibilities, though, since there are still a few things you should do to maintain your home during the hot days ahead.
- Stay on top of pruning the plants and bushes around your home.
- Cut your grass and landscape your yard regularly to maintain a well-kept appearance.
- Check your air conditioner and heat filters and change them if necessary.
- Flush out your water heater.
- Clean out your fridge and any other kitchen appliances.
- Wheel out your barbecue and make sure it’s in good shape for the food you’re going to be grilling on it this season.
Reading over these home maintenance seasonal checklists should have you embracing the changing seasons we endure in Toronto. Keeping on top of these responsibilities can really make a difference in improving your life both inside and outside your home. It can also save you money in the future as you prevent smaller problems from growing by dealing with them now. There are tons of home maintenance issues to attend to every season, so don’t worry if you can’t check off every bullet on the list. If you don’t have the patience or time to cover these seasonal checklists let HPT be your guide! Give us a call today at 416-494-9095 or email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com.