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It’s that time in Canada again!! Brrrrrr…. time to tidy up and organize!

Here are a couple of the best-of-the-internet FALL and WINTER tips

to help you get organized inside and outside your home.

We will post more each month.

 

Winter-proof your home

The cold, wind and rain can do serious damage to houses, as well as costing you a small fortune in heating bills. With a few preventive measures however, you can ensure your home is fighting fit for winter.

First, take a look at the outside of your property. Make sure there are no loose or missing roof tiles or cracks in the walls, that your drains are clear and working, that your TV aerial is firmly fixed, and that your guttering isn’t leaking or broken. You might also want to trim any nearby trees or branches that could cause damage if they fell.

Next, make sure the inside is as warm as it can be. Bleed the radiators if you need to, fit draught excluders, and make sure your loft and wall cavities are well-insulated. Lag your pipes and water tanks – this can also prevent pipes from bursting.

Clean the Gutters

If your gutters are full of detritus, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim — plus cause leaks and ice dams.

You’ll typically pay $70 to $225 to clean gutters on a single-story house, depending on its size. Also look for missing or damaged gutters and fascia boards and repair them.

Divert Water

Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation.

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