The leaves are falling fast, the days are getting shorter and you’ve hauled that light jacket out of the closet again for another breezy fall – or autumn if you prefer – season ahead.
The third season of the year is time for many things; a little leaf watching, the return of the hockey season (yea!) some Halloween scares and, these days at least, pumpkin spice everything. This should also however be the time that you get your home and yard ready for the winter that really isn’t too far behind. If you happen to be selling your home buyers still expect to find the place in tip top shape, and even if you are not it’s still a great idea to go into the winter with a home that is warm, clean and welcoming, as the approaching winter is also the season for houseguests!
To help you get started, we’ve created a very simple checklist. Why not try following it this weekend? In part one of our article we’ll take a look at what you should be doing outdoors.
Outdoor Fall Prep
The outside of your home will still be on show, even if you personally won’t be spending much time out there, so it merits as much attention as the spaces indoors. In addition, many of the things that can go wrong in the winter begin outdoors, so there are certain maintenance tasks that really are a must:
Fix Cracks in Concrete and Asphalt – The time you have left to fix any cracks in asphalt and concrete – especially in your driveway – is dwindling fast. If not repaired, these cracks are only likely to get bigger and bigger as the temperatures drop, something that you really don’t want to have to deal with and that would certainly be a concern if spotted by a potential homebuyer.
Get the Gutters Cleaned – Whether you choose to do it yourself, and if you do proceed with great care, or call in a professional, another must at this time of year is getting the gutters that protect your home cleaned, and if necessary, repaired. Clogged or inefficient gutters can and do lead to all kinds of problems in the winter, including the kind of water damage no one ever wants to have to face.
Turn off Your Outdoor Plumbing – Before you cover them to protect your home – and them – from the freezing weather to come – ensure that all outdoor faucets and sprinkler lines are completely drained and the water supply turned off from indoors for the season to prevent the kind of backups and pipe freezes that can all too easily occur if you do not. Drain outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, and cover them to protect them from freezing weather to come.
Check Your Roof – While you – or someone else – is up on that ladder dealing with the guttering , your roof should be visually inspected for damaged shingles, flashing, or vents and any problems found fixed ASAP. Winter snowfalls already put a lot of stress on a roof so if it is not in good shape before those flakes start falling you could be in real trouble!
Clean and Store Outdoor Garden Furniture – It may be that you can get a few more nice weekends when you can make use of your outdoor space, so while it may not be quite time yet to put all of your garden furniture away just yet , go ahead and make sure all of it – and your gardening tools – are cleaned up and ready to store for the winter, something you’ll probably be doing within just a few more weeks (sadly)
Stay tuned, as on Friday (right before the weekend!) we’ll be posting about what you should do to – and for – the interior of your Waterloo Region Home to get it ready for the colder months ahead.