Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, these fall maintenance tips can come in handy.

Roof Maintenance

Winter can be tough on roofs, so fall is a great time to ensure your roof is in prime condition. Make sure your shingles are in good shape. Any cracked, broken, or warped shingles should be replaced.

If you’re not sure what exactly to look for, contact a professional. Roofing problems can lead to major problems, so preventative measures are less costly (and more effective) than restorative ones.

Get Your Mind in the Gutter

While you’re up there checking out your roof, take the opportunity to clear out your gutters. Water is supposed to drain safely out of your downspouts. If they’re blocked, the water might instead spill over onto your property’s foundation, or even freeze when winter arrives, damaging your gutters and potentially leading to leaking.

Make sure your downspouts drain water away from your property. Otherwise, that water may affect foundation, or make for a slippery walkway in winter.

Inspect Your Windows and Doors

This is Ottawa, so snow and chilly air are just around the corner! Check your doors and windows to make sure they aren’t letting any water in, or heat out.

If you come across any water or air leaks, installing weather stripping before winter is pretty straightforward. And compared to a repair costs or a big heating bill, preparing for winter is cost-effective, long-term. There are even CMHC rebates for renovations that improve energy efficiency.

Look For Condensation

Keep an eye out for any condensation as the air gets cooler. This might begin to collect near or on the exterior walls of your home. Older houses may have issues venting moisture, which causes condensation. If left unchecked, this can cause mold and mildew.

A dehumidifier might solve the problem if you see moisture. Alternatively, you might consider installing an air exchanger.

Conduct a Yearly Winter Safety Check

Turning on the heat also means you should do a quick safety check. Check your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and CO2 detectors. Make sure everyone in your house knows where to go and what to do in case of fire.

Maintain that Yard

Autumn means raking leaves, of course. But keeping those leaves on your lawn could potentially cause damage once they are covered by snow. Make sure you dispose of any leaves and debris in the correct bags, and in accordance with Ottawa’s by-laws and environmental initiatives.

After you’ve cleared the leaves, take stock of your exterior fixtures and furniture. If the temperature remains relatively warm, you might not want to put your deck furniture away just yet, but make sure anything that needs to be secured or stowed is taken into consideration.

Preparing for fall will help new homeowners settle in for a safe, warm winter, while ensuring those looking to sell this fall are also ready for buyers.