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The freshness of fall time is in the air which means it’s time to put away the summer gear, get out the knitted scarves, and start preparing your home for the winter months ahead. Not sure if it’s really worth your time and effort to do so? Taking time now to properly store away items, secure outdoor furniture, and ensure walkways are hazard-free can help keep your home safe and protected from the elements. That’s why we always recommend doing a fall cleaning each year. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few good reasons to consider rolling up your sleeves this season.
Closing Up the House
Once the cooler mornings arrive, it’s a good idea to start closing up shop – at home. Remove any air conditioner units from the windows and replace the window panes. This is also a good time to inspect your windows for any damaged weatherstripping. Ensure that any drafty windows or doors are air-tight by reapplying caulking or weatherstripping to create an air-tight seal and keep those cold drafts at bay.
When the house is sealed up with the heat blaring, dust, dirt, and pet dander can quickly impact the quality of air inside and trigger allergy symptoms. Cleaning out the air ducts, vents and giving the home a thorough cleaning after the active summer, can help to reduce dust and other air pollutants at home while improving your overall comfort.
Good Time for Inspection
The intense hot summers can also wreak havoc on your home’s exterior surfaces which is why it’s a good time to take a look around the home for any signs of damage. Look for any areas that could use repairs, such as broken steps or interlock, damaged eavestrough, or missing shingles along the roof. Noticing problems such as these during the fall can prevent homeowners from spending more time and money dealing with them after the winter weather once they’ve potentially worsened.
Protect Outdoor Items by Storing Away
The snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures can also damage and rust garden equipment and furniture that’s left outside. Placing your equipment in the garage and tarping vulnerable items like the barbeque can keep them protected from the weather and in good condition to use once the springtime returns.
Keep Walkways Safe
When there are noticeable areas of damage along the walkways surrounding your home – missing, chipped, or wobbly interlock stone, for example – this should be repaired as soon as possible. Once the ground gets dusted in snow and ice, you could be left with a hazardous walkway if it’s already unsteadied. This is especially true for elderly family members who may visit during the holidays. You want to ensure they’re as safe as possible during those dark and icy winter nights.
You’ve Just Moved
If you’ve just moved into a new home this season, take advantage of the pleasant in-between weather and give your new space a deep cleaning to really make it feel like yours. It’s also an ideal time to purge since the holidays are just around the corner.
When you need a reliable and professional moving company in Ottawa to help make your transition a smooth one, give us a call at First Rate Movers. We deliver the dedicated top-quality moving services you’re looking for!