As the weather starts to change, so should the maintenance on your home. This seasonal maintenance checklist will help you get ready for the season.

Foundation – Masonry – Exterior

• Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration
• Check chimneys for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar
• Clean and flush eavestroughs
• Ensure proper drainage away from the house

Roofs

• Check flashings around all vents, skylights and other openings
• Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from home

Doors and Windows

• Check for loose or missing weatherstripping
• Check caulking for deterioration of all openings and joints between wood and masonry

Plumbing

• Winterize the underground irrigation system
• Winterize any exterior plumbing connections
• Shut off the water supply to your outside faucet using the water shut off valve, then bleed the line of any residual water

Heating and Cooling

• Bleed the radiators of air
• Schedule a service appointment with a licensed HVAC professional for your furnace/boiler and gas fireplace(s)
• Change the furnace filter
• Update the program for your thermostat
• Shut off the breaker for your A/C and cover the exterior unit
• Test or replace smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Doors and Windows

• Check for loose or missing weatherstripping
• Check caulking for deterioration of all openings and joints between wood and masonry

Now is a great time to book a home inspection, and get your house ready for the cooler months ahead.

With over 25 years of experience serving Toronto West and Mississauga, rest assured you’re in good hands. Each member of our team has the full confidence of the AmeriSpec brand behind them – which spans across North America. Give us a call at (416) 410-0909 to learn more about the services we have to offer. We’d be more than happy to help you.