Fall is a great time to take on a home improvement project. The relentless heat of summer has dissipated, you feel relaxed after a vacation, and with winter on the horizon, you’re motivated to get stuff done.
But, what to do?
Here are 5 (fun) fall home projects:
1. Inspect Your Windows
Checking your windows before the cold weather kicks in can mitigate any issues that may impact on your energy bills, like heat leakage. A quick windows check-up include:
- Making sure the locks are functioning properly.
- Inspecting the weather stripping.
- Checking the sealant or caulking.
Buildings, including homes, account for 18 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Retrofitting existing homes is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
–Natural Resources Canada
2. Swab the Deck
Clean off the deck or patio. It’s time to empty out those cute decorative clay or ceramic pots, otherwise the dirt can freeze and break them. Check for any cracks in your deck or patio as well, because any small problem you have now will grow bigger if water gets into the cracks and freezes. Also, if you wipe down your patio furniture before putting it away for the winter, it will be ready to go in spring.
3. De-clutter the Gutters
Your gutters divert hundreds of litres of water away from your home. During fall, leaves and debris could clog up your gutters, and could lead to water damage on your roof and the exterior of your home. Cleaning your gutters may not be the most pleasant thing to do, but it is a necessity.
4. Double Check the Chimney and Heating System
Fall is the perfect time to get your heating system checked. If you plan to use your fireplace, make sure it is clean and in perfect working condition. Get the chimney inspected by a professional. Faulty heating systems and clogged chimneys are some of the most common fire hazards in homes during winter.
Preventative care and a well-designed area for burning wood can reduce the likelihood of an unintended incident.
–Canada Safety Council
5. Examine the Roof
A solid roof will make sure your home stays warm and dry. Check that your roof hasn’t sprung any leaks, and replace any shingles that are missing or curled up. Regular inspections like these will catch any problems before they grow, and help prolong your roof’s life. If your roof does need major repairs or replacements, hire a professional to do it.