Monday, October 01, 2012

Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

Autumn is just setting in, and though we love the crisp days and changing colours, fall means winter is right around the corner. In order to ensure your home is bundled up tight, follow these simple fall home tips:

 Clear the yard and driveway:

Take a few minutes to rake up leaves and branches; pick up extension cords, toys and summer equipment; and make sure your driveway is sealed or leveled. This will ensure that your lawn and driveway are ready for next year, and you won’t risk injuring yourself, or your snow removal equipment on any unseen obstacles buried in the drifts. 

 Check your toilet for leaks:

It might be indoors, but checking your toilet for leaks will save you a lot of time and energy before winter sets in. Try using toilet-safe dye tabs from the hardware store to pour down the back of your tank. If your water colours the bowl without flushing, you have a leak and should then check all your seals and flappers to ensure that they are in optimal condition.

Ensure a healthy heating system:
Clean your heating system vents from debris, replace old filters, and check all doors, windows, dryer vents and electrical sockets to ensure there are no air leaks. Seal any leaks you find to ensure that your house remains at a comfortable temperature all winter, and to ensure your money doesn’t go out the window (literally).

Prepare or update your home safety kit:
Having a home safety kit that is stocked and ready-to-go is especially important before the frost of winter sets in. Start with the basics: fresh water, first-aid kit, non-perishable food, blankets, hats, gloves and waterproof footwear. In addition, consider including: a whistle, batteries, a flashlight, radio or cellphone, tool kit, salt or de-icer, books or games, and of course toilet paper!

What other fall checklist tips do you have?

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