The kids are back to school, the air is crisp and the smell of freshly baked apple pie is wafting out from the oven. In other, words, summer is over and fall is here.
Take advantage of autumn to wind down from the hot and humid months and prepare your home for the cold. Sadly, we can’t just do nothing to our homes from summer to winter because the temperature change is too extreme: it’s often that the temperature in July will be positive 35 degrees Celsius and six months later in January it could easily be minus 35 degrees Celsius. But it takes more than putting away the gardening tools and adding some plastic window insulation to prepare your home for winter.
Zoocasa spoke with Murray Parish, a Registered Home Inspector from Parish Home Inspections to find out the best five ways to prepare your home for the cold:
- Clean up
You should first clean up the exterior of your property. Remove all debris, tools and toys that have collected over the summer in your backyard, front yard and on the side of your house, and put them in your shed, garage or basement. Drain and store your garden hoses, rain barrels and any other accessories. Also ensure clothes lines, gazebos and other seasonal items are secure and stored properly.
- Beware of water
The last thing you want is snow melting, collecting in puddles and then flooding your basement. So fill in holes and spaces in your retaining wall, flowerbed and driveway. Also ensure that the ground beside your foundation is sloping away.
- Safety first
Avoid slipping on your steps this winter by adding in railings and grips on steps. Drain and cover your pool, and install fencing, marker or lights so no one accidentally falls in.
- Check on winter equipment
Take inventory of your equipment and then stock up on any snow or leaf removal tools you need. Drain fuel or add stabilizer to your gas powered equipment.
- Finish exterior renovations
If you’re home needs a fresh coat of paint, fall is the best time to get the job done— the crisp temperatures means faster drying times. The same goes for concrete or asphalt projects and roof maintenance. If you want something done to your exterior, hire someone to do it now, or else live with it until spring.
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