Starting the year off with home maintenance


The new year is a great time to start thinking about home maintenance and there are a few important items that should top your list of priorities. A few small tasks will make the world of difference and give your home a great start to 2017.

Start at the top

Even though snow is still prevalent its always a good idea to inspect your roof, gutters, and drainage areas before temperatures start to increase. Icicles left hanging from your roof and gutters can cause damage to your roof and can cause leaks and damage to your foundation. Don’t forget to head inside and check your attic for proper insulation and ventilation.


Even though the ground is covered in snow there are a few things you can do to assist your yard a smooth transition into the warmer months of spring. Clean up any fallen debris from trees to allow moisture to reach the roots of your lawn and once the ground thaws, till the soil so you can plant shrubs and trees once the warmer months hit.


An area often overlooked is changing your water filter in your fridge and ice maker. Water filters are typically supposed to be changed twice a year and are simple to replace.

Cleaning out your closets

The start of the year is a great time to clean out and organize closets that are overlooked during the year. Find new homes for unwanted items by donating or selling and toss items that have been well loved. Install closet organizers, hanger bars, baskets, drawer systems and other organizational methods to make the job easier in the following years. Don’t forget to clean the closet once it’s empty!


Making sure your emergency devices are still working is always important to do and doing it at the start puts you at a great start to the year. Check and replace batteries to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if they’re not hard wired. Don’t forget to check the expiry date on any fire extinguishers you may have as well.

Staying on top of home maintenance and organization reduces the workload for the coming years as well as minimizes the potential of any major issues arising. Take care of your investment.


Kari Calder

Saskatoon real estate agent

Century 21 Fusion

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