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Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

Fall 2019 Has Arrived

Getting your home ready for fall is important. It’s time to talk about fall maintenance. There can be a lot to consider, such as maintenance and cleaning both inside and outside of your home. And it’s important to do every year in preparation for fall and winter. Let’s get ready for fall.

Cut The Lawn

This one is simple and you’ll probably have to cut your lawn many times throughout the fall. You want to make sure that you’re ready for the leaves. Keeping your lawn cut and clean of leaves will make sure that when the snow comes you won’t be rushing to get the leaves cleared. Let’s now go inside your home and clean that oven.

Clean Your Oven

This should be done at least once a year and fall is a good time as any. People talk about spring cleaning all the time, let’s also talk about fall cleaning. The winter and fall bring lots of holidays, so having your oven clean means you’ll be ready to cook lots of wonderful meals. And it might also be time to have your fireplace professionally cleaned so you’re ready for those cozy nights.

Get Your Fireplace Ready For Fall

If you have a fireplace you know the importance of making sure its in working order and that means cleaning. You can hire a professional to come and make sure that if there is any maintenance to be done. Then you can have lots of nights by the fire all fall and winter, worry free. Something else to consider getting cleaned would be your Eavestroughs. Though you might want to wait until after all the leaves have fallen.

Clearing Your Eavestroughs

This is good to do during the fall, after the fall and mid fall. You should never neglect your Eavestroughs. Because regular maintenance is important. You don’t want to have a situation where you’re troughs are badly clogged. There are many professionals that will be able to provide this service if you’re not experienced in this area. And now you’re ready for fall. And if you’re thinking it might be time to sell your home, contact me today.

Contact Lori Today

I love helping people find their dream home and that’s something I can do for you. Contact me today and let’s start the journey together, you can reach me by phone or email. I look forward to hearing your wish list and fall maintenance tips, how do you get your home ready for fall?

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is well here, even tough with all that rain, Burlington residents got this week, has made it feel more like it’s fall or something. Basically, we got a month’s worth of rain in a week!

Nevertheless, the spring is here, so put away winter shovels, ice salt bags, heavy boots and winter jackets! To help homeowners with their spring home maintenance chores, we’ve put together a small list of main things to check as you go along. A little prevention goes a long way.

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Outside

  1. Check your siding for weathering and clean it up with pressure water. If you see any paint chips get those fixed. While you’re at it, check the outside caulking for any deterioration.
  2. Examine your windows, doors and wood trim around those, fix is necessary.
  3. Tune up your AC by calling a qualified professional HVAC contractor. Small maintenance now will ensure that your AC operates optimally. Chang the air filter as well while you’re at it.
  4. Check your gutters for any leaks or blockage.
  5. Use compacted soil to fill the areas around your home foundation. You don’t want any favourable ground for insect breeding.
  6. Examine your roof shingles for any damage that might have occurred during the winter
  7. If you have a chimney now is the time to inspect that too. Perhaps consider getting it cleaned by a pro.
  8. Check your foundation, concrete slabs for any cracks, movement or chips. Fill it the cracks if you have to, as long as it’s not a structural issue.
  9. Inspect your outside faucets for any plumbing issues and your garden hoses.
  10. Check all your lawn equipment to ensure it’s ready for yard work.
  11. Clean and fire up your BBQ, get it ready for another season.
  12. Check your deck and patio for any damage or issues. You may have to get your deck treated. Bring out your patio furniture.
  13. Time to do some Lawn care, and gardening preparation, trim overgrowth. If you have a sprinkler system, time to check that too.

Inside

  1. General cleaning – move furniture around, appliances, get all that dust and dirt out. Here is some more info on home spring cleaning and organizing tips.
  2. Clean out your air circulation vents, you’d be surprised how much dust accumulates.
  3. Basement check for dampness, leaks, insects, mold.
  4. Check your attic for any signs of insects or mold.
  5. Check taps for any water leaks.

Lori VanDinther, a Burlington RE/MAX Agent and a long time resident of Burlington has been helping real estate buyers and sellers in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for 23+ years! Thinking of moving to Burlington? Or selling your home? Contact Lori today to help get you on the right path to success.

Get Your Home Ready for Winter

As the temperatures drop and days get shorter – old man winter is right around the corner. Before you know it, snow and ice will be here. Sigh…

Extreme weather can put your home to the “test”. Getting ready now, will help protect your home from any potential problems and damage. Nobody wants to be without the heat in the middle of the winter, or get a burst water pipe. Or to find out their energy bills are super high, because the windows weren’t properly insulated.

Weatherproof windows

Here is a list of essentials to do around your house to ensure you’re ready for winter!

  1. Furnace – get your furnace inspected by a professional HVAC company, to make sure it’ll run smoothly and efficiently. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, get one! They will pay themselves off withing one winter season.
  2. Doors & Windows – preventing heat loss means your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, which means you’ll use less energy. So take some time to check all doors and windows to make sure no gaps, air leaks, drafts, etc. Any home hardware store sells all kinds of weather sealants.
  3. Chimney – if you have a fireplace, and plan to use it, get a professional to check it and sweep it. Last thing you need is a chimney fire or a build up of carbon monoxide in your home.
  4. Gutters – clean out the gutters so there is no leaves or dirt in there. You want water and snow to be able to freely drain. Also, consider extending your downspouts about 5 feet away from your house – this helps prevent basement water damage.
  5. Roof – inspect the roof for any damaged shingles, or worn out caulking around the chimney and air vents. This helps prevent water damage and mold, as a result saving you from having to do big repairs in the future.
  6. Outdoor Water Taps – turn off outdoor water taps and faucets to prevent them from bursting when it gets really cold, because water can turn to ice and ice expands. Disconnect the garden hoses and drain any leftover water. Also drain your lawn irrigation system too.
  7. Insulate Pipes – save yourself money by insulating the pipes that are in unheated areas. Even then, by insulating a pipe you’re preventing heat loss, which helps cut down on energy costs.
  8. Snow Removal – now is the time to also test out your snow blower, get yourself some salt, and that shovel. You don’t want to be caught without one in the winter, because the demand for such products goes up and when that happens… price goes up too!
  9. Bushes and Trees – if you have any big bushes or large trees with branches getting too close to cable lines, power line, or your house. Consider trimming them to prevent power loss when the freezing rain makes those branches super heavy, and they break. You don’t want them coming down on your windows, or cables, causing property damage.
  10. Smoke Alarm – Lastly, test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re functioning properly.
  11. Ceiling Fans – by reversing your ceiling fans, your pushing air down.. and we all know hot air rises up so this will help you feel warmer.

Lori VanDinther, Burlington RE/MAX sales representative and a team leader, is a long time resident of Burlington and has been helping real estate buyers and sellers in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for 23+ years!