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Six Home Repair Tasks To Complete During Early Autumn

Six Home Repair Tasks To Complete During Early Autumn

 

Early autumn is a great time to complete home repairs because the weather is cooler, but there isn't any ice or snow. You can use a sunny autumn weekend to work on the inside or outside of your home so that you won't need to worry about its maintenance during the winter. Here are a few things to do around your house on a beautiful autumn weekend.

 

Autumn Home Repair 1: Clean Debris From the Lawns

Make sure to clean the debris from your home's lawns in the autumn so that you won't have an unsightly mess in the winter and spring. Walk around your home to pick up trash, tree branches and other debris. This is also a good time to trim back the shrubs on your property or to remove dangling tree branches. If you have a summer garden, then removing the dying plants is a good idea. Remember that you can often use dead foliage in a compost pile to create your own soil to use next year.

 

Autumn Repair 2: Clean the Deck and Driveway

Inspect your home's driveway and deck to determine if it requires power washing to remove a buildup of debris. If the concrete surfaces outside your home have damage, then you can often fix the cracks or holes on your own. You may want to use specialized sealants on the concrete to protect it from additional damage throughout the winter. The application of sealants is an easy process, and you can find all of the items required at a home improvement store.

 

Autumn Repair 3: Fixing Windows and Doors

If you have windows or doors that are difficult to open or close, then you can lubricate the items with a spray-on substance. In some cases, the hinges on a door are loose, but you can tighten the screws to ensure that the door closes or opens easier. Occasionally, a wooden door or wooden window frames will swell from moisture, but you can sand the items.

 

Autumn Repair 4: Preparing Plumbing Fixtures and Water Pipes

Visit a local home improvement store to buy adhesive insulation tape to wrap around the pipes that are inside and outside your home. If you have faucets on the outside of your home or near a garden, then drain the items to prevent expansion from freezing water. You can also cover the faucets with insulating materials to protect the handles and other components from snow or ice.

 

Autumn Repair 5: Check Your Home's Rooftop For Damage

Use an extension ladder to inspect your home’s rooftop for damage such as loose or missing shingles so that you can fix these problems before winter arrives. While you are using the extension ladder, make sure to check your home’s gutters and downspouts to determine if the items are fastened securely to the building. If the gutters are filled with leaves and other debris, then you must remove it so that rainwater and snowmelt will run through the devices.

 

Autumn Repair 6: Maintain Your Home’s Climate-control Equipment

If you have a central air conditioner, then you should prepare it for winter by making sure that there isn’t anything around it that can damage it in the winter. Don’t pile junk around an air conditioner because it can fall over during a severe snowstorm. Inside your home, you can prepare your furnace by replacing the filter along with dusting the components. Verify that all of the vents in your home are open so that warm air can circulate properly.



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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 9/18/2018 6:33:19 PM