As the glorious Shuswap summer turns to Fall, it’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 you’re short on time or update funds.
𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗚𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀: This time of year, it is important to properly clean and inspect your home’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!
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗙𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱: 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. 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸 𝗢𝘂𝘁 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁𝘀: In the Fall and Winter, many Shuswap homeowners are spending extra money heating their homes due to drafts, but it doesn’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. 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗢𝘂𝘁𝗱𝗼𝗼𝗿 𝗣𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴: 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 you’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 you’d like a recommendation to any of the professionals mentioned above, I’d be happy to connect you with my trusted partners.
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