03 September 2020
Melanie Wright

It is hard to believe that labour day is here, and the summer is coming to a close. We have enjoyed some incredibly beautiful sun-filled days and it appears most of us have spent much more time outdoors this summer than we typically do.

Thanks to COVID many of us have re-adjusted our schedules and our lives have changed. One of the trends we are noticing is a bigger focus on our houses and keeping things in good working condition and well maintained. As the fall season approaches, the real estate market remains very strong and there is a huge confidence in real estate as a solid investment. Whether or not you are thinking of a move now, in the spring, or even in the next few years now is a good time to review your fall maintenance list and get a jump on the to-dos before the weather changes. 

Fall is a really great time to do a big yard clean-up and tackle some outstanding maintenance on your house. We reached out to a few of our favourite home inspectors and asked them what they suggest you do to look after things in your home. 


This Fall it’s important to prepare your home for the upcoming winter. Here’s a few helpful tips.

  • Turn off any outdoor faucets and ensure exterior pipes are drained of water. Frozen pipes can burst and cause serious damage to your home.
  • Arrange to have your furnace inspected sooner rather than later. Replace any filters or have them cleaned. This will ensure an efficient furnace this winter.
  • Look for any potential heat loss points in your home. Seal up any window or door frames. Inspect any other gaps on the exterior of your house and make sure they are sealed up to keep the welcome elements in and the unwanted out.
  • Before cozying up in front of the fire, have your chimney inspected, if necessary have it swept. This will prevent any potential chimney fires caused by a build up of creosote.
  • Clear your eaves troughs and gutters of debris. Check that they are structurally sound and flowing without obstruction.
  • Inspect your shingles, the winter can inflict serious stress to your roof, which in turn can potentially cause expensive internal damage. If you suspect that there is any potential wear and tear, call a reputable roofer to inspect and repair your roof if necessary. 
  • Get a jump on pulling out the exterior holiday décor and even stringing the holiday lights while the weather still permits. Once the leaves are off the trees grab a warm day and get the lights up. You’ll be glad you did when the temperature drops and you can simply sit back and enjoy.

Reach out to us anytime with any questions about your house, or maintenance and renovations. Of course, we have a list of preferred professionals to share with our clients and we are always happy to talk real estate. We are always here for you, in the office or on the phone and we love to hear from you.