As the temperature starts to dip, we're reluctantly coming to grips with the fact that patio and backyard barbecue season is over. As the seasons change, so do our activities around the home (no, it's too early to get the Christmas lights and decorations out).
Rather, it's time for some much needed, but often forgot about seasonal maintenance that can have a big impact on your home's value. Since Toronto's weather can change quickly, homeowners can't afford to be caught unprepared. A little bit of effort now will save you a lot in aggravation and costly repairs once the snow hits.
Here's a quick checklist to keep you on track so you're ready for whatever "snowmagedeon" is on its way this winter.
1. Check for drafts: Feel around your windows and doors. A good trick is to use a candle. If the flame flickers, you most likely have a draft. Re-caulking these areas can save you when it comes to your heating bill.
2. Have your furnace inspected: Hire a HVAC professional to test for leaks, heating efficiency, and to change the filter. You want to make sure you've got heat before the cold weather rolls in. Otherwise, you'll be scrambling and city officials seem to frown upon building your own fireplace in the middle of your living room.
3. Winterize your air conditioning: The warm weather will be back. I promise. Whether you have an outdoor or window unit, take the necessary steps to protecting it from the elements. Extend its life - they aren't cheap to replace.
4. Hire a chimney sweep: It's very important to inspect your fireplace for any clogs or animals nests. Get this cleaned before you start building fires. Clogs of any kind can pose a significant risk for your health and potential fires.
1. Do a roof check: Start with a visual inspection from the ground and then pull out the ladder. Look for missing or damaged shingles. Also take this time to inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts. With the heavy rainfall and high winds we've experienced this year, you'll want to make sure you're not in for any leaks or heat loss.
If you find something askew, call your contractor or send me an email, I have a few great recommendations in East York and across the GTA.
2. Inspect the siding: Check for cracks or holes. If you find any, either patch them yourself or hire a contractor. Again, this can impact your home's heating significantly. And, if gone unnoticed, the damage can spread.
3. Turn off outdoor faucets and store the hoses: Disconnect and drain garden hoses, shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside the house. The sub-zero temperatures can these important tools, causing significant damage.
4. It's storage time: This is a perfect time to clean and store any outdoor furniture. This might require a little extra tidying up or reorganization in the garage, but it will keep your furniture in great condition for next summer!
5. Haircuts for the trees: Before all the leaves fall off, take a look at your property's greenery. This is the best time to prune, trim and winterize any trees, bushes or other garden vegetation. It can be tedious, but it will ensure that your yard is ready to bloom when the spring hits.
It's All About Preparation
Whether we're in for a warm winter or Mother Nature has some big plans for us this year, these chores can help make it a bit more bearable. You want to ensure you're prepared for whatever comes your way.
Remember, a bit of work on the weekends now (even though it is football and hockey season), can help save you a lot of hassle, money and cold, sleepless nights.
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