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Prepare your home for the fall

Overview

Published: 08/12/2012

by William Roebuck

Homeowners should take a few minutes each month to inspect their house and carry out a regular schedule of maintenance and repairs. With a little simple seasonal maintenance, you can prolong the life of your home, and put a stop to some of the most common – and costly – problems, before they occur.

 

To prepare your home for the fall, clean leaves, nests and other obstructions from your eavestroughs, roof and chimney,
and test the downspouts to ensure there is adequate drainage away from your home.

 

Check that the ground around your home still slopes away from the foundation. This will help keep water and melting
snow away from your house and out of your basement. Also, make sure all your windows and skylights close tightly, and test your plumbing shut-off valves to be sure they’re working properly.

 

Clean or replace your furnace air filter every month, and have your furnace serviced by a qualified technician every two
years if you use gas, or once a year if you have an oil furnace.

 

Looking ahead to the colder late fall months, monitor your home for condensation on the windows or other signs of
excessive moisture. Too much moisture indoors can cause damage over time, and may even pose a health risk to you and your family.

Also, when it gets below freezing, check your attic regularly for frost accumulation, and inspect your roof for ice dams
or icicles.

 

Through regular home maintenance, you can often prevent larger and more costly home repair expenses in the future. It’s
also a good idea to put aside a little in your budget each month for an emergency fund for your home. This will allow you to handle any repairs or maintenance issues that might come up, without sacrificing your financial well-being or peace of mind.  

 

For more tips, look for About Your House fact sheets from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation at
www.cmhc.ca/enewsletters.

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