25 Autumn Home Maintenance Tips

It’s important to prepare your home before the winter months to prevent costly damage and increase energy efficiency. We compiled a list below of the top 25 Autumn l home maintenance tips.

Feel free to post comments if you feel like we missed anything or if you have questions!

1. Check around all windows and doors for drafts.

Temperature and humidity changes can cause window seals to crack. Install weather stripping as needed and fill cracks or holes with caulk.

2. Replace window screens with storm windows.

This should help to reduce heating costs.

3. Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation.

4. Install new carbon monoxide detectors near ANY heat sources.

Carbon Monoxide is colourless and odourless. Make sure your family is safe.

5. Inspect all wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys for blockages.

Hire a professional to sweep chimneys at least once every two years.

6. Clean or replace all furnace filters.

We highly recommend hiring a professional to service your furnace which will help to prevent unexpected failure on cold days.

7. Check the attic insulation to make sure it is fully intact.

Add more if needed to increase energy efficiency.

8. Check all roof void vents to ensure they are clear of plants and debris.

This is essential to ensure moisture can leave your roof space.

9. Clean lint out of dryer vents.

This should be done twice per year. Having clean dryer vents prevents fires and decreases the time it takes to dry your clothes.

10. Flush sediment out of your water heater.

This easy task is a great way to extend the life of your water heater and substantially increase efficiency.

11. Insulate pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape.

This will save energy on cold days.

12. Lower Autumn temperatures make a great environment for exterior painting.

Just check your paint can to make sure it isn’t too cold to apply new paint.

13. Store latex and acrylic paint in a warm place if you have an unfinished basement.

14. Clean dead leaves and debris out of gutters and downpipes.

Blockages can cause build-up after winter storms.

15. Direct drainage away from your house.

This will help to prevent water from leaking into the subfloor and moisture build-up around your home.

16. Turn off valves to exterior hoses then run your hoses until they are empty.

17. Drain and turn off your sprinkler system.

18. Have a professional inspect your roof for any damaged tiles or flashings.

This will help to prevent leaks and moisture ingress after winter storms.

19. Rake leaves and make sure the grass is cut.

Large wet leaves can suffocate and kill your grass.

20. Autumn is a great time to fertilize turf grasses.

Use natural fertilizer, if possible, for a better-looking lawn in the springtime.

21. Trim dead branches from trees near your home.

Falling branches during winter storms can cause significant damage.

22. Clean garden tools after you’re done with them for the season.

This will increase the useful life of your tools.

23. Winterise your lawnmower and other petrol-powered lawn tools.

Many professionals recommend adding fuel stabilizer (only costs about $10) to keep petrol from degrading. If your petrol contains ethanol, don’t add a stabilizer. Just run the engine until the tank is empty.

24. Winterise your BBQ.

Shut off the gas, unfasten your burners and add cooking oil to burners and other metal parts to repel moisture.

25. Schedule your Annual Property Review.

Autumn is a great time to schedule an annual property review with a professional to prevent unexpected costly repairs and make sure everything is in check!

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