A harsh Canadian winter is just around the corner. If you’re a homeowner, that means it’s prime time to start getting your home ready for cooler weather.
Be sure to inspect these areas inside and outside to keep your home in tip-top shape through the season:
Driveway and porch
Take some time to repair any cracks that may have appeared in your walkways, steps and driveway. Filling in these gaps will help prevent additional from rain and harsh weather.
Walls and exterior finishes
Look out for peeling paint and cracks in the exterior — these are common signs of water damage. Repairing any flaws by repainting, caulking and sealing cracks will help prevent further damage and help retain heat in your home.
Roof and gutters
It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your roof for missing or loose shingles — you’ll want to make sure it’s up to par and ready for the season ahead.
It’s also important to take a look at your gutters and downspouts and replace any old or damaged parts. Be sure to clear out any debris that may block the flow of water away from your home, as congested gutters can cause water to overflow onto the ground, possibly leading to water damage.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Check to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. The turn of the season is a great reminder to replace old batteries, test functionality and give them a quick clean.