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Give Your Home a Little TLC This Fall

As the glorious Shuswap summer turns to Fall, itโ€™s a great time to assess your home and property, making any necessary changes before the snow flies. I recommend grabbing a notepad and pen, and walking around to inspect both the interior and exterior of your home, noting any maintenance or repairs that need to be completed.

Each home will need different TLC, but these are a few areas you may want to prioritize if youโ€™re short on time or update funds.

๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—š๐˜‚๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: This time of year, it is important to properly clean and inspect your homeโ€™s gutters (replacing or repairing as needed) to ensure they are working accurately as the rain and snow season hits. If your gutters and eavestroughs are clogged or damaged, it could result in flooding of your home - prevent these unnecessary repairs!

๐—›๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ: To ensure you are cozy throughout the colder months, be sure to have your furnace inspected by an HVAC professional. They can check for leaks, test efficiency, and conduct a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety for your home. ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐˜€: In the Fall and Winter, many Shuswap homeowners are spending extra money heating their homes due to drafts, but it doesnโ€™t have to be that way! Do a check on all exterior doors and windows to confirm if they are properly sealed, and consider upgrading your window coverings to boost your insulation. ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Since your garden will not need attention until the spring, it is a good idea to shut off and drain all outdoor faucets, irrigation and sprinkler systems. Leaving water in your lines could cause ruptures from frozen water, and in turn costly replacement fees. If youโ€™re unsure of how to properly clear your lines, you can connect with your local plumbing and irrigation specialist.

Keeping your home in great shape will help to correct issues before they arise and save you time and money in the future. If youโ€™d like a recommendation to any of the professionals mentioned above, Iโ€™d be happy to connect you with my trusted partners.

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