How to get your home ready for fall

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

As summer fades and fall is getting started, now’s the time to prepare your home for winter and cool weather. This is a great time of year to do these mostly outdoor chores – it’s not too chilly and there’s no snow on the ground to get in your way! At Anden Design/Build in London, Ontario, we’re bringing you a list of things you can do to prepare your house for fall will help your home get ready for the cold and could even save you some money in the long run!

  1. Clean out the gutters
    Once the leaves have started falling, it’s especially important to clean out the gutters on your house. If the gutters are left full of debris when freezing temperatures hit, they can form ice dams that will prevent your drainage system from working. Clogged gutters can cause leaks in your home which can lead to numerous other issues, along with racking up your energy bills. Clean your gutters before it gets too cold and use running water to make sure that they are properly aligned.
  2. Tend to trees and shrubs
    Properly pruning your trees and bushes can help prevent them from being damaged during the winter. You’ll be able to avoid limbs from breaking off during winter storms and extend their lives by pruning off the dead parts before they freeze. Experts say that the fall is a good time to closely observe your trees and shrubs to make sure they’re healthy. 
  3. Do a winter safety check
    Take a walk around your property and look for areas that could become a problem in the winter. These areas include walkways, stairways and driveways. Once the ground is covered in snow, you’ll want to make sure that there aren’t things like hidden cracks in your driveway that could come back to hurt you when you’re shovelling snow. You’ll also want to pay close attention to the safety of your pathways since more people will be coming to and from your house during the holiday season.
  4. Clean your furnace
    If your furnace hasn’t been turned on since last winter, you’ll want to make sure everything is in proper working order before you actually need it. Give it a clean on the outside to make sure there’s no build up and give its interior a visual inspection. You’ll also want to change your air filter if it needs to be changed – a dirty air filter can decrease air flow and energy-efficiency.
  5. Keep the warm air inside
    Your energy bill will add up quickly if warm air is leaking from your house this winter because your furnace has to work harder to keep the house warm. Use caulking to seal any cracks and openings between areas like doorframes and weather stripping.

Another easy thing you can do to get your house ready for fall is to rake the leaves. A lawn that’s covered in leaves throughout the winter can make it harder for things to grow when spring comes back around.  

Do you have any fall chores that you do to prepare your house for the cold weather? Let us know by reaching out to us on Facebook.