THE FIRST DAY OF FALL IS TOMORROW. YUP, WE SAID IT. ALTHOUGH SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY COMING TO AN END, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR FALL. THERE ARE A FEW QUICK AND EASY THINGS TO CHECK FOR BEFORE THE RAIN, SNOW, AND WIND BEGINS THAT WILL ENSURE YOUR HOME MAKES IT TO SPRING WITHOUT EXTRA COSTS AND HEADACHES.
Firstly, check your gutters and turn off your faucets. Leaves, pine needles, and other debris can easily clog up your gutters. Once that Vancouver rain hits, this can lead to your gutters over flowing, or the water could even leak in to your home. We suggest hiring a professional to clear your gutters as it is a tedious and sometimes dangers job, especially for two level homes. Also, outdoor faucets should always be drained and turned off to avoid pipes bursting during the colder months.
Secondly, get your chimney ready for the holidays. If you have the luxury of owning a home with a wood burning fireplace, make sure you get it properly cleaned before starting it up again for the fall and winter seasons. Your chimney may be home to bird nests, branches, leaves, and even animals! This is a major fire hazard if left untreated and another job we suggest hiring a professional for. It’s worth the investment.
Thirdly, check for drafts and make sure all window seals are still intact. This can be easily done yourself by feeling around the edges of your windows and doors. If you feel cold air or a breeze, then it’s time to upgrade your windows or replace the seals and caulking.
Lastly, if you live in a single family home, check your trees. Months of strong winds, and possibly snow build up, are on their way which puts an added stress on the trees surrounding your home. The added weight of snow and wind can cause limbs to snap, or for older, dying trees, it could mean the entire tree coming down. This can lead to major damage for your home and is also a danger to yourself and your family. Simply walk around your yard and check for dying trees, or trees that look unruly. Hiring a landscaper or arborist to clean up possible hazard trees may save you thousands in home repairs later.
If you’re eager to get a start on your fall check list but not sure who to call, we have a few reputable companies that we can refer you to. If you have any questions, let us know!