Fall is an important time for home maintenance. After the heat and use in the summer, your home may be in need of some check ins and you definitely want to prepare your house for the harshness of Canadian winters. We’ve compiled some important to do’s for fall to check up on how your home is doing and get it all set for the upcoming colder weather.

● Clean out closets
● Rake leaves and aerate the lawn
● Have forced-air heating system inspected by a professional. Schedule an inspection in late summer or early fall before the heating season begins
● Check fireplace for damage or hazards, and clean fireplace flues
● Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping; replace if necessary
● Swap old, drafty windows for more energyefficient models
● Touch up exterior siding and trim with paint
● Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks
● Power-wash windows and siding
● Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts
● Mend cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkway
● Drain and winterize exterior plumbing
● Have your fireplace professionally inspected
● Tune up major home appliances before the holidays
● Clean appliances inside & out
● Repair or replace siding
● Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement
● Clean the carpets
● Clean window and door screens
● Vacuum lint from the dryer vent
● Inspect exterior door hardware; fix squeaky handles and loose locks
● Check for frayed cords and wires
● Drain and store hoses, and drain in-ground sprinkler systems
● Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages
● Check water heater for leaks
● Clean oven hood & filter

There are also a few important tasks to take car of over the winter as well.

● Cover your air-conditioning unit
● Check basement for leaks during thaws
● Inspect the roof, gutters, and downspouts for damage after storms
● Vacuum bathroom exhaust fan grill
● Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays
● Clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers
● Clean baseboards & walls
● Clean cupboards inside & out
● Clean window coverings

If you feel any of the areas of your home could use professional attention, please reach out.

Areas that commonly show early signs of damage are roofs, windows and exterior coverings such as stucco and siding. Heritage Interiors and Exteriors would be happy to provide a free inspection and estimate to save you time and money. Getting repairs or replacements done earlier is always a good option!