With fall comes a sense of relaxation and tranquillity. The summer often feels rushed as we try to squeeze every last ounce of fun out of the very short warm months we have. Then fall arrives and it’s almost as if time slows down and we find ourselves relaxing and just truly living in the moment. But sometimes this slow pace and the cooling weather can cause us to retreat inside as if we are preparing to hibernate like the bears in Whistler.
It’s important to remember though that this season does not last forever and there are some important tasks to complete before winter arrives. Seasonal tasks can keep your home looking its best and perhaps even save you time and money in the long run. So this weekend, get up and get motivated to check off these 9 must-do fall home maintenance tasks:
Tidying Up Outside
Keep your yard looking its best by tidying up any debris and dead plants that have accumulated. Dead foliage on the grass could do damage so it is important to rake everything off of it.
Fall on the West Coast, or “Wet Coast” can come with a lot of precipitation. The last thing you want to be dealing with is a leak. If your roof is shingled, inspect them thoroughly and ensure they are in good shape and in the right places. While you are up on the roof, take a peek inside any gutters and give these a cleaning if needed. Be sure to take necessary safety precautions when working at tall heights.
Door and Window Inspection
Take a thorough walk around your home and keep an eye out for any cracks and gaps in windows and exterior doors. If your home is not properly sealed, you may experience cold drafts and subsequently an expensive heating bill during the harsher winter months. Cracks and gaps are also welcoming entry-points for little critters such as mice which will make themselves at home in no time.
Storing Unneeded Outdoor Items
Winter in Whistler can bring a lot of snow with it! This snow can become heavy and pile up on anything it covers. Putting away unneeded items such as patio furniture will help prevent any damage that may occur through the winter and allow these things to last longer.
If your home has a fireplace, you will more than likely be putting it to use very soon (if you haven’t already). There’s nothing more ambient than a warm fire burning during a cold winter night. But an improperly cleaned chimney can pose a serious safety risk to you and your family. It is important to maintain a regular maintenance schedule with a professional who will not only clean but inspect your chimney to ensure it is operating safely and efficiently.
Preparing for winter is all about taking preventative steps, and this is especially true when it comes to winterizing waterpipes. Shutting off the water supply to exterior faucets and insulating any exposed pipes will help prevent damage that may occur due to freezing during the colder months. Freezing can cause pipes to crack, burst and even flood your home.
Cleaning Vents and Filters
As the weather gets colder, we often begin to utilize things that have been sitting stagnant all summer-long such as our dryers and furnaces. It’s important to inspect the filters on these things as debris such as dust and lint can accumulate, creating a fire hazard.
Checking Safety Devices
Of course, nobody wishes for an emergency such as a house fire to happen, but if it ever did, you would want to be prepared. As you will be utilizing fireplaces and heating systems throughout the winter, it is important that you check safety devices to ensure they are functioning properly. Inspect the batteries and test smoke alarms and other devices, and check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher.
When you choose me to help you sell or purchase Whistler property you’ll experience a whole new level of service and experience. If you’ve been thinking of selling or buying in Whistler this fall, contact me today.