Prepping your home for Fall and Winter

By: Mark Lukwinski

Prepping your home for Fall and Winter

Tags: Winter, Fall, Home preparations

Winter is coming but for now, let’s enjoy Fall. Here are some things you can do to prep your home for the Fall season to keep your home running efficiently. 

  1. Have your furnace inspected, cleaned, and change your filter. The colder months ahead mean you will be using more of your furnace so make sure it is blowing clean air throughout your house and running smoothly.
  2. Buy a digital thermostat that will allow you to program temperature settings throughout the day which will save you money in the long run. 
  3. Replace all the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test all units to make sure they are running perfectly. 
  4. Check your gutters along side your house and remove any debris from them. Leaves, nests, and general debris should be removed from the summer buildup.
  5. Check out your roof, especially if your home is a little bit older. You should be looking for loose or damaged shingles and if your roof is flat, ensure that all leaves are removed from the top. 
  6. Take a look at the trees in your yard, especially if you are lucky enough to have old, larger trees where the limbs may be heavier and close to breaking. Trimming branches and removing some of them entirely is smart and safe.
  7. Fertilize your lawn for the winter. It may sound funny, but applying a fertilizer before the snow comes is supposed to prevent damage from winter and keep your lawn healthy for next season.
  8. If you’re into Christmas lights, some people put them up now and take advantage of the warmer weather.
  9. Remove leaves off your lawn and compost them. The City of Calgary asks you fill up your green bins with your leaves, but from September 28thuntil October 28th, you can bring extra yard waste to a City landfill for free. Check out this link here for more information. 
  10. If you plant bulbs for spring, prep your yard now to have that done. This is the time of year to get those bulbs into the ground so that they’re ready for spring.

Though we love summer and all its glory, there is something cozy about the impending change of seasons that is coming. Be sure to give your home and yard some TLC as the days get shorter and colder.