Welcome back to part three of the “Fall Home Maintenance Checklist”. In this section we deal with the yard, garden, porches and decks of your when preparing for the winter months ahead.
A clean, organized garage is a great start for your Fall Home Maintenance ChecklistFirst things first, clean out that garage. Once you have your garage cleaned and organized put the summer garden tools away. Prepare all your yard equipment for winter storage. Make sure that you drain all the fuel from gas operated equipment such as the lawn mower and chain saw. Clean the yard so that it is free of all fallen leaves, if you have areas where the grass is patchy be sure to re-seed and now is a great time to plant any spring flowering bulbs. Cover all plants with netting and chicken wire to prevent deer from damaging them. This is also a good time to fertilize your lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure that you have the healthiest, greenest grass on the block when spring arrives. (more…)
Welcome back to part two of the “Fall Home Maintenance Checklist”. In this section we deal with the exterior of your home including paint, foundation, siding, the roof and your driveway and many more things to consider when preparing for the winter months ahead.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Edmonton – Part 2 ExteriorLet’s start with your driveway: Inspect the driveway for cracks. Clean and repair any damage with a specially designed driveway filler, once fixed be sure to coat with a driveway sealer. This will prevent moisture from entering and freezing causing the crack to be larger and more difficult to deal with in the future. A great way to improve your energy efficiency, prevent leaks and avoid future costly bills is to inspect your exterior walls for any cracks. Caulk around the spaces where the foundation meets the siding of the home, where any pipes or wires are entering the house and around door frames and windows to prevent heat loss. This is one of the least expensive but most beneficial maintenance jobs the home owner can perform. Openings in structures allow water to seep in where it can freeze and cause cracks and allow molds to grow. The harsh winters of Edmonton can cause water and ice damage, a though check of the homes foundation combined with some inexpensive maintenance work can save large repair jobs in the future. (more…)