Here in Hamilton, we don't experience the full brutality of weather that other parts of our country do. However, there are things you should consider as a homeowner, in terms of home maintenance in the lead up to winter. Home maintenance doesn't have to be costly as there are simple tasks and safety checks you can do to prepare your home for these colder months. We recommend home maintenance to be done at least every six months; and if this is not possible, at least do it annually.
Call a Chimney Sweep
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace (or any heating appliance that burns gas, oil wood or coal) you may want to make sure the chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. This will prevent potential chimney fires and carbon monoxide from creeping into your home. For landlords, legislation requires a " form of heating in any living room". Check that the heating systems in your rental home are working properly so as to keep your tenants and the law happy and warm this season.
Clean the Gutters
If your gutters are full of debris, water will back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim; and potentially cause leaks. Get yours (or your hubby's) hands dirty and clean the gutters in May before it gets too cold.
Hit the Roof
Or at least scan it closely. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter weather. The last thing you'll need this Winter is a leaky roof.
Check Your Deck
Inspect the flooring, railings and any steps off the deck. Is the timber grooved or sand added to deck paint to make them less slippery? If not, consider giving your deck a new coat of paint with sand mixed into it, and keep it free of leaves and moss.
These tips are just some of the basic "to-do's" that will help you and your property survive through winter without spending too much on home repairs! You know what they say, "It's better to be safe than sorry!" For special advice or questions on prepping your home for a stress-free winter, give us a call!