Preparing for fall- outdoor home maintenance headstart
Well, here we are officially into fall. It's come out of nowhere, so I hope that whatever you did to keep busy this past summer, you made the most of it. Pretty soon the frost will be setting in, and that not-so-welcomed white stuff will be falling.
Don't worry, we're still a few weeks if not months away from that, and the temperatures during the day are still beautiful and mild. In fact, now is the perfect time to start getting the exterior of your home ready for the approaching chill.
Here are a few things you can do to get started:
1) Stay on top of falling leaves- I know, at this time of year it feels like you can never get ahead with this, but trust me, it's usually only lasts a couple weeks. Doing a little bit each day as the leaves fall can make it easier to manage, instead of waiting for a massive pile up and having to spend hours. Yard waste is collected by most municipalities up until the end of November, Toronto included.
2) Clean gutters and eavestroughs- Be sure to check for damage, and deal with any needed repairs right away. Pretty soon these will be working overtime with extra seasonal debris and fallen leaves. Making sure eavestroughs and downspouts drain properly is key to preventing water damage to the foundation of your home.
3) Prepare the lawn for spring- Sprinkle some seed on any patchy areas, and remember that fall is often one of the best times to fertilize. It's also the time to plant any flowering bulbs you want to come up in the spring. In the upcoming weeks you'll also want to wrap any young trees or shrubbery that may require extra protection from the colder weather.
4) Check chimneys, doors, windows and other 'entry points' for damage- I know what you're thinking... Entry Points?? Well, this is the time of year when little critters like mice, squirrels and other small creatures like to find their way in to set up house for the winter. Field mice can find their way into the tiniest of spaces, so check these areas thoroughly to ensure that you don't have any unwanted houseguests this fall.
5) Inspect your roof- Don't use a fear of heights as an excuse. There are very competent professionals out there (I'd be happy to refer) who can help you with this. Check for any damaged shingles or visible signs of wear. Ensuring water drains properly to those newly cleaned eavestroughs is key! Do this before it gets too icy and slippery to climb up there!
If you need more advice on these items, are looking for professional referrals, or just have questions about the local market, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm always happy to help when it comes to all things dealing with homeownership!
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