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Getting ready to say goodbye to summer means Canadian winter is just around the corner. For homeowners, it’s prime time to start getting your home ready for cooler weather. Be sure to inspect these areas in and outside your home to keep your home in tip-top shape through the fall:

Driveway and porch

Take some time to repair any cracks that may have appeared in your walkways, steps, and driveway. Filling in these gaps and cracks will help prevent additional damage over the fall from rain and harsh weather.

Walls and exterior finishes

Look out for peeling paint and cracks in the exterior — these are common signs of water damage. Repairing any flaws by repainting, caulking, and sealing cracks will help prevent further damage, and help retain heat in your home.

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Roof and gutters

It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your roof for missing or loose shingles — you’ll want to make sure it’s up to par and ready for the season ahead.

It’s also important to take a look at your gutters and downspouts, and replace any old or damaged parts. Be sure to clear out any debris that may block the flow of water away from your home — congested gutters can cause water to overflow onto the ground, possibly leading to water damage for your home.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Check to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. The turn of the season is a great reminder to replace old batteries, test its functionality, and give it a quick clean.

Preventative maintenance is key, but some mishaps aren’t avoidable. Be prepared for the unexpected with a home insurance policy from Onlia that covers your bases.

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