As fall begins and the temperatures drop, your family will soon be spending more and more time indoors. Follow these tips now for an easy seasonal transition that will keep your home looking good and running efficiently.

  1. Protect your outdoor living spaces. Make sure your deck, patio or porch will be ready for you to enjoy when warmer weather returns. Check surfaces for holes, cracks or chipping paint. Sand away any problem areas, and then repaint before colder, wetter days arrive.
  2. Maintain the driveway. Remove any weeds growing through cracks, then fill them in to prevent ice and snow from causing any more damage. Depending on the type of surface you’re working with, your filling options include cement, epoxy filler, liquid cement filler, asphalt filler and concrete crack sealant.
  3. Clean or replace your air filter. Humid summer days can lead to mold, mildew and bacteria in your air filter, so you’ll want to wash it out thoroughly and allow it to dry in the sun. For disposable filters, consider a hypoallergenic replacement.
  4. Give your bathrooms some extra attention. Because mildew, mold and soap scum build up more quickly over summer, it’s a good idea to give bathrooms a thorough cleaning now. Spray and remove any mildew and mold with a strong, bleach-based cleaner.
  5. Clear your gutters. Take the time now to remove all the debris that could cause clogs, so you won’t have to face serious problems once the rain and snow start to fall. And to avoid having to clear more fall leaves from your gutters, trim any nearby low-hanging trees.
  6. Disinfect your garbage cans. Wipe garbage cans and the area around them with anti-bacterial wipes, then spray the area with disinfectant to kill any lingering bacteria.
  7. Vacuum your upholstery. You’ll breathe easier once you get rid of the dust that accumulates over summer. Vacuum your furniture and pillows, and freshen your curtains as needed — by vacuuming, dry cleaning or placing them in the dryer.
  8. Prepare your outdoor furniture for winter. Wash all of your furniture, then let it dry in the sun. Check for damage, make any necessary repairs, and then store the furniture indoors or cover it up to protect it from ice and snow.
  9. Deadhead your flowers. Remove blooms that are past their prime — not only will your landscaping look better, you’ll also be encouraging new growth.
  10. Get your landscaping tools ready for next year. Take a close look at your lawnmower, trimmer, pruners, shovels and other equipment. Make any necessary repairs or replacements now, so you’ll be ready when warmer weather returns.

Sources: Yahoo!, Handy Canadian