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With the end of Summer approaching, it’s always a sensible idea to check your property for any maintenance issues. Here’s a helpful link:
If buying a condo/apartment or other home managed by a strata, we recommend that you examine management records to assess what repairs and maintenance issues you are responsible for.
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Safety in the home: make sure you have fire extinguishers on every floor of your home – the one located near your kitchen should be suitable for grease fires. Also plan fire escape routes from your home, especially from the upper stories.
Home maintenance tip: check the condensation pan for leaks in air conditioning/heat pump installations.
Home maintenance tip: change your forced air systems air filter every 3 months. This will maintain interior air quality and reduce wear on the blower fan
SLIDING DOORS AND WINDOWS: ensure their tracks are cleaned every three months and also, to reduce the risk of water damage to your home, check that the drain holes are open.
FOR THE SPRING: remove leaf debris from gutters and the screen at the top of downspouts. If you don’t have screens, it is recommended that these are fitted as they are a cheap, cost-effective way to prevent problems arising. The ability for water to drain from your home is the key to preventative maintenance.
Summer maintenance: have your heating system serviced during the summer months on an annual basis.
Summer maintenance: complete exterior house painting during the fine summer weather in time for the onset of winter.
Summer maintenance: check caulk condition at window trim and frames to ensure that wind driven rain cannot penetrate. Repair in time for autumn and winter.
With winter upon us, isn’t it great to return to your warm cozy home? Please remember that with the long hot summer, it may be some time since your furnace last ran, and now it’s likely to be running frequently. Here are a couple of tips that you may have done already, but let’s consider them reminders:
1. It’s important to have your furnace serviced on an annual basis. This is to ensure that it runs efficiently and safely and now is the ideal time to do it.
2. If your forced air heating system is fitted with a conventional air filter, clean or change it on a monthly basis. Conventional air filters sit in the return air plenum, just upstream of the blower. Clean filters improve the comfort of the home and help reduce heating costs.