Autumn is here and in full swing, which means winter is on its way. Responsible homeowners spend a lot of time during the fall preparing for the winter ahead by completing maintenance tasks to ensure their home is in good condition. While many of us end up doing fall home maintenance out of habit, there are several reasons why it’s important to complete these tasks.

Rake The Leaves Into Your Garden
One of the most quintessential fall chores is raking leaves, but many people don’t know the important reason for removing leaves from their yards. Snow mould is a fungus that affects cold-season grass, and leaves create the perfect breeding ground for the fungus to spread. However, this year we encourage you to not dispose of your leaves but to instead rake them into your garden, as leaves provide essential nutrients to the insects in your neighbourhood. By leaving your leaves in your garden this year, you’re giving yourself less work to do while also helping to preserve the population of the bees and butterflies, and their natural habitat.

Clean The Gutters
The leaves that don’t end up on your lawn will likely find their way into your home’s gutters, which will need to be cleaned as part of your fall maintenance. Twigs and leaves can prevent water from properly draining and cause significant roof or siding damage. Debris in the gutters also makes the perfect shelter for rodents and can even attract bees.

Change Your Furnace Filter
It’s also important to do some fall maintenance inside your home. Many people neglect their furnace filter, which can decrease indoor air quality or even contribute to a breakdown. Check filters monthly and change as required to help ensure you’ll enjoy a warm and comfortable house all season long.

Make Sure Your Home Is Protected For The Season
Make sure you have all the information you need to get your home ready for fall and winter. ZucoraHome’s Smarter Living Plan is a complete home service plan offered through Hudson’s Bay Financial Services that protects home furnishing, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and electrical systems, by covering costly repairs and replacements. You can have peace of mind this fall knowing that if anything were to happen to the items and appliances in your home, you will not have to pay out of pocket for repair or replacement. When you sign up, you have the opportunity to earn up to 5,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points.1

Interested in learning more about protecting your home throughout the fall?
Get a quote for ZucoraHome’s Smarter Living Plan today!

1 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points offer may change without notice. All Hudson’s Bay Rewards points will be awarded within four to six weeks.