September has arrived with autumn colours, frosty mornings and sunny days. I don't know about you, but this season is my favourite. I've been busy preparing my house for the seasonal change. With sleet in the forecast for next week, you too may be looking to embrace the season.
This is the first of a three part series: Your Home and Autumn.
Today I share with you a few practical tips to make sure the outside of your home is ship shape before the snow settles. In part two on Monday, we will discuss winterizing the inside of your home. Finally, in part three on Wednesday, we will talk about autumn aesthetics and tips for staging and selling your home in autumn.
The outside of your home is your first line of defense against the brutal winters we experience. Take advantage of a warm afternoon this weekend to ensure the outside of your home is ready for winter...
• Cleaning out your gutters is a great way to start this process. Clogged gutters are the leading cause of ice damming that can damage your house.
• While you're up on the ladder, have a look at your roof and just make sure all the shingles are in good repair. Moisture seeping in through the roof is a major cause of damage to homes.
• Once you're finished with the top of your home, you want to check for peeling paint; if left untreated, peeling paint can actually cause your siding to deteriorate.
• Caulking your windows and door frames will help to keep moisture out, heat in and your costs lower in the long term.
• Have a look at your driveway and sidewalks. Do they need to be resealed? Again, being proactive with this will extend the life of the asphalt and save you costly repairs in the future.
• Turn off exterior water pipes and make sure that they are emptied of water; this should prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting.
• Finally, cover or bring in the items on your deck to protect them from the harsh winter conditions. If you have potted plants outside, it's best to empty the containers of dirt - soil left in clay containers can crack the pots.
And that's the outside of your home ready for the changing seasons!
Before you put your summer tools to rest and dig out your winter gear, just have a look at your yard equipment. Ensuring that they are clean and in (reasonably) good repair will make the spring so much easier!
Join me back here on Monday as I discuss practicalities of getting the interior of your home ready for winter.