Fall Home Owner Tips / Checklist

Gordon J. Wallace
Gordon J. Wallace
Published on November 12, 2018

The leaves have fallen (or if you have Oak trees like me, they’re still

Whether this is your first winter in your new home or you just need a friendly reminder, here are some tips in the form of a checklist that you can run through between now and when the white stuff starts to fall:

Around the yard

  • Make sure you’ve raked up or mulched all the leaves that have fallen onto your grass, leaving patches of large soggy leaves can damage your lawn
  • Clear leaves from garden areas you’ve mulched, the leaves will decompose and won’t visually be what you want come spring
  • Prune trees / shrubs / flowers that could use it
  • Wrap seedlings or other plants that might not survive the harsh weather
  • If you have any large holes, rocks, etc that might be dangerous if buried under snow, consider placing a stake beside them as an indicator for safety
MabelAmber / Pixabay

Exterior of the House

  • Everyone’s least favourite job .. clean those gutters! If you can, it might be a good time to hang those christmas lights, if you’re going to be climbing that ladder anyway 🙂
  • Cover your A/C unit – if you have a cover that came with it, great – many people just use a piece of plywood with some bricks or other weights to keep it in place
  • Caulk around windows, siding, any place that looks like it could use it – grab a tube of exterior caulking from your local hardware store and just take a walk around .. it’s a good exercise to really expect your exterior a few times a year anyway
  • Ensure proper grading around your buildings – you want to make sure you haven’t neglected the sloping abutting your home, when spring comes and all that snow starts to melt it might be too late
  • Stow or wrap your patio furniture, I just put mine in the corner of my deck, wrap it in a tarp and bungee cord it down
    • even if your furniture says it can handle the winter weather, why put it through unnecessary wear and tear
  • Paint exposed wood – porch posts, around the garage, etc
    • Wood that isn’t pressured treated or otherwise coated with paint or stain will rot when wet
  • Make sure you don’t have any openings or suspected openings that might invite rodents or critters to move in for the winter months!
bearinthenorth / Pixabay

Interior of the House

  • Shut off those external water valves!
  • Move summer items (garden tools, etc) from the garage to the shed or basement (if applicable)
  • Move winter items (snow shovels, etc) from the shed or basement to the garage (if applicable)
  • Seal windows/doors with weather stripping – if you don’t know whether your windows / doors are leaking, just err on the side of caution 🙂
  • Check your attic’s insulation, getting blown insulation is relatively cheap and can make you thankful on those cold winter nights
  • Get your chimney cleaned / inspected
    • Chances are you didn’t use it all summer, you’ll want to make sure it isn’t blocked with debris or become home to anything during those months
  • Get your furnace inspected / cleaned / serviced
    • Showing proper care for major home systems (like a furnace) can really help alleviate home buyer concerns down the road
heylori / Pixabay

Break out the cocoa!

Now you can snuggle down on the couch and hibernate knowing that your home is winter ready! Have any ideas to add to my list? Email me at [email protected] – and if you found this list helpful, consider sharing socially 🙂

Gordon J. Wallace
Sales Representative
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage
[email protected]
(226) 218-0433

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