Fall maintenance checklist

It’s that time of year again…before you get caught up in apple picking, pumpkin carving and foliage tours this fall, make sure your home is ready for the cold months. Here’s a checklist of what you need to check on your home before winter weather comes knocking on your door—or crashing through your window.


Creosote buildup can lead to a chimney fire. lf you light fires regularly, your chimney should be inspected once a year.

Tip: Schedule a visit early to avoid a long wait during the busy season.


Leaves can be a haven for pests and mold, and clogs in your gutter system can cause water buildup and damage to your roof.

Tip: To protect your basement. make sure downspouts carry water away from the foundation.


The attic is the barrier between the outside and the ceilings of your home. It’s vital that there are no leaks in the attic or the roof that can come into the interior of your home.

Tip: Look for damaged shingles and remove any branches that hang over your home.


Move paint, caulk and adhesives inside to avoid freezing. When frozen, some paints will curdle and separate, rendering them useless. The basement or empty closet is usually best for consistent temperatures.

Tip: When stored properly, leftover paint is useable for up to 5 years.


Get a home energy audit to find out where you need to keep heat from leaving your home or cold air from seeping in.

Tip: Insulation is a very cost-effective way to lower your heating bills.

Water heater

Drain your water heater to remove sediment buildup from the holding tank.

Tip: Draining can improve your water heater’s efficiency by 50 per cent.

Windows and doors

Check for drafts around windows and doors; apply weather stripping where necessary.

Tip: Drafty doors may need to be re-hung by an expert for a better fit.


Air filters that are clogged with dust and debris can greatly reduce your home’s heating efficiency and should be replaced regularly.

Tip: If you have pets, replace filters more often.

Source: Angie’s list

For more tips on how to protect your home from the elements during the cold months, or if you’re thinking about selling your home this season, contact us today or call 416-240-SOLD (7653)