It’s been quite a crazy summer for weather this year in Fort McMurray. Don’t put your hands over your ears… We know you don’t want to hear it yet but fall to soon fall will be upon us. As the days get shorter and you start planning for the kids to go back to school don’t forget to prepare your home.

CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS
Gutters get a lot of action in the fall and winter. While this is not the most fun job don’t forget to clean gutters of all debris and repair any leaking areas to avoid water leaking and dripping that can cause dangerous ice build ups where people walk.

INSPECT YOUR ROOF SHINGLES FOR DAMAGE
The last thing you want is water dripping on your head in November. Check ridge shingles for cracks and wind damage. Look for damage to metal flashing in valleys and around vents and chimneys. Scan the entire roof for missing, curled, or damaged shingles. Look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating; expect problems soon. If you see any signs of damage consult a roofing specialist before it gets to cold to deal with it. This will save you HUGE dollars

MAKE SURE YOUR ATTIC HATCH IS PROPERLY SEALED
Check your attic hatch to ensure it seals tightly. While you are up there check to ensure all of your vents are clear for proper airflow and that your insulation is even throughout. Attic rain is caused by excessive accumulations of moisture in the attic of the home, which freezes during cold weather and melts when warmer temperatures hit. The resulting damage can be costly, a bit of fall maintenance can help you avoid this issue.

TURN OFF YOUR OUT DOOR SPRINKLERS AND FAUCETS
It might be a little early for this yet. Set your self a reminder as the cold weather approaches. Remove any hoses from the outdoor faucets and make sure you properly drain any in ground sprinklers.

FROST PROOF EXPOSED PIPES
Circumvent frozen pipes by wrapping any exposed areas with heat tape. Frost-proof spigots with a faucet insulator and shut off any unnecessary water supply. This is particularly important in mobile homes.

SERVICE YOUR FURNACE
This is the perfect time to book that annual check up with your Hvac guy. Have your furnace serviced, inspected and cleaned. Replaced old filters with new.

SWITCH YOUR CEILING FAN BLADES
A common preparation for the chillier seasons is to change the direction of your ceiling fans. In the warmer months, your blades are best turning counter clockwise or forward to blow the cooler air down. In the fall and winter, you want the blades to turn clockwise or backward to draw air up toward the ceiling and thrust warm air down. This simple trick can be a huge saving on your heating bill.

CLEAN YOUR VENTS & CHECK THE CHIMNEY
During the summer dust and pet hair can build up in your vents. We often have windows and doors open during the warm season for fresh airflow but as the weather cools off we seal up our home. Cleaning vents allows unrestricted air flow and a healthier environment for your family. Less dust to deal with is also an added benefit. Do a visual check of your chimney to ensure there are no crumbling bricks or bird or squirrel nests inside. If you are not comfortable going onto your roof hire a local professional to inspect.

CHECK/REPLACE WEATHER STRIPPING
Weather stripping loses its effectiveness with age and needs to be replaced every few years. Do a visual check of the stripping around exterior doors and windows (including your garage door) and replace if it appears worn or cracked. If the stripping appears fine but you can feel air moving when your doors and windows are closed, check that the stripping has been installed properly or that you’re using the correct stripping (there is a difference between door and window stripping, and a difference between foam and rubber stripping).

COMPARE ENERGY RATES
This is the perfect time to get out those energy bills we all hate to look at and compare rates. Make sure you are getting the best deal. Check out https://energyrates.ca where you can compare plans of all of the providers and find the best fit for you.

ENJOY THE FINAL DAYS OF SUMMER WITH YOUR FAMILY
This is the perfect time to get out and explore some of the great out door activities Fort McMurray has to offer. Check out Heritage Park https://fortmcmurrayheritage.com. Enjoy the sandy beach and campground at Gregiore Lake, explore the Birchwood Trials. Check out http://www.fortmcmurraytourism.com/things-to-do for a great list of events and things to do with the family this summer.

IS FALL IS GOOD TIME TO SELL??
The warm weather housing market is coming to a close and you may be considering selling and wondering if fall is a good time to sell. This may be exactly the right time. Fall brings a more serious pool of buyers that feel the pressure to get into a Fort McMurray home before the holidays. Did you know that millennials and empty-nesters usually swoop in a bit later in the year. Employers who need to relocate their workers quite often wait for the fall. If you are considering selling your home and would like more tips on how to prepare your home to get maximum value or would like a FREE MARKET EVALUATION feel free to reach out to one of our experienced Lore Group Realtors. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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