End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
As the summer winds down, the kids get ready to go back to school, and the cooler nights return, you might be a bit sad to see the season end. And while there are plenty of sunny days ahead, it’s time to face reality and start working on some end-of-season home projects before fall and winter.
These tasks will ensure your home and yard are in good shape, so that you won’t have to deal with as many issues come spring. Really, you’re doing your future self a favour in doing this.
Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions…
Patio and deck
Check your concrete or stone patio and fill in any cracks or gaps. Look at the boards on your deck and/or porch and inspect them for damage. Replace any bad boards before the snow comes. A rotten board can be incredibly dangerous, causing someone to fall through.
Before you close the pool for the season, check your swimming pool for tears in the liner and leaks. It’s good to fix any issues now so that when you go to open it next spring/summer you’ll be good to go.
Before you turn off your air conditioner for the summer and switch on the heat for winter, you’ll want to make sure all systems are in good shape. After a hot summer, your A/C will have been put to the test, so ensure that it didn’t suffer too much wear and tear over the season. You also want to check that the furnace is working. If you wait until you need it and it doesn’t work, you’ll wish you’d checked it sooner!
Winter weather is tough on our driveways. Before the snow and the ice comes, fill any cracks in the asphalt and reseal it. You’ll want to reseal it now while it’s still sunny and relatively dry.
If there are any cracks in the foundation, now’s the time to repair them. If not, the snow can build up in the winter and then melt come spring, and you’ll end up with a wet basement. This kind of maintenance can stave off bigger foundation issues.
Inspect all your exterior vents, such as the dryer vent. Make sure they’re clear, so that you’re getting proper ventilation in your home. Also, make sure you fill any gaps where vermin can enter.
Clean the garage and garden shed
If you want to be able to fit the car in the garage come winter, now is the time to sweep, declutter and organize it. Store any summer tools or equipment that you’ll no longer need.
Clean and tune-up the lawn mower before putting it away for the winter. Clean any gardening tools to prevent them from rusting. Organize your storage shelves and racks so that everything can be put away in an orderly fashion.
The fall tends to get rainy and the winter is obviously snowy, so make sure your mudroom is ready for it. Put down mats, and get out the rain and snow boots so that they’re ready when the weather shifts. Sandals and flip-flops can be stored away when no longer in use.
While these tasks may seem small, they can make a big impact during the seasons ahead. Prevention and maintenance will save you some grief when it comes to repairs.