IT’S FALL CLEAN-UP TIME A MUST FOR ALL HOMEOWNERS
our my Must-Do Outdoor Fall Maintenance Checklist below which you can also print Pdf.(which I did) and taped to the wall in our garage so I could check each chore to make sure they were completed.
The last thing you want to happen is to forget something crucial that could end up costing you, the homeowner lots of money you didn’t need to spend.
For example, if you have holes around your house including the roof or garage that is a prime target for mice, rats, raccoons and other outdoor friends to come around.
Trust me, they will and unless you want them to invade your walls and attic you need to make sure all of these holes are sealed and covered.
Over the years we’ve had mice get in even though I’ve covered everything around the house. Those mice are so small that they can get in any crack including the dryer vent or other vents around your house so inspect everything.
Not only will they leave a mess of mice poop behind the walls but they will burrow and eat their way through your insulation as we’ve experienced.
The cost to us was a full tear-down of the insulation in our basement and me having to do it all over again. If I had to hire someone to do it the cost would easily have doubled into around $5000 or more.
If you must call a rodent removal company to visit your house in the winter to get any party-goers out of your attic or basement that will also cost you some money.
It’s important to inspect your house but always be aware that you’re never safe and to have extra money for these emergencies.
The Honey-DO List
Here’s a sneaky conversation Mrs. CBB had with me the other day!
Mrs. CBB– Honey, do you think you could BBQ these homemade burgers for us tonight?
Mr. CBB– Of course, no problem.
Mrs. CBB– While you’re out there…(this is where I cringe, ha) why don’t you work on your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist that you printed the other day and hung in the garage. I happened to see it as I was walking our son to school. Perhaps you can sort a few items while you wait?
Mr. CBB– Damn.
Anyhow, while the grill was warming up I managed to cover the Central-Air unit, cover the swing-set assembly that I made for our son and put away the rest of the deck furniture.
Later on that evening I drained the water from the hoses and shut the valves off just so I didn’t forget and you wan to do this so the outdoor water lines don’t freeze and burst. A huge cost to the homeowner if this happens and easily avoidable.
In the freezer I’ve made a frozen bird bowl with bird seeds and bacon fat to hang for the birds this winter. I was warned though to be careful how this is done in order not to cause death to any birds as some people use mesh bags and they can get stuck inside.
Since I just installed a new fence this summer I will worry about sealing it next Fall and our deck will be another new job for me come Spring as we will be replacing it.
If you plant Spring flowers or even organic garlic bulbs now is the time to get them in the ground if you haven’t already. Your time will be limited as it’s already November. Ideally the last week in October or before the first or second frost would be optimal.
As for the roof I just hop out the bedroom window and do a walk around (safely of course) to inspect and clean the roof gutters of leaves as they are a nuisance also looking for cracks, holes or roof issues before it snows.
On occasion if it is a nice Fall day I will wash the windows inside and out while I’m up there even though I will do them again in the Spring.
I do however check all the windows and seals for any type of visual leaks as that can be a huge money waster when it comes to hydro over the winter months.
Now is the time to sort these issues while the weather is reasonable to work in outside. As always if you aren’t able to do a job on your Fall home maintenance checklist then hire someone for the job.
There are loads of Fall clean-up companies willing to come and do the job for you.
Your Fall home Maintenance Checklist for Outdoor Cleaning- Free PDF. Printable
Mr. CBB do you have a list of all the Fall jobs I need to complete outside of our home? This was a line from a recent email I received from a young man who says they’ve just purchased their first home and wasn’t sure what to do.
These printable lists sure do come in handy especially when you are busy with your career and family.
If you know someone who is living alone or a senior that might be in need with their Fall Home Maintenance Checklist give them a hand. You can even print a copy of this Fall Home Maintenance checklist and bring it around and perhaps ask them if they could use some free help.
There’s nothing wrong with volunteering your time to help those who could really use it and not speak up or know any better.
My mother-in-law who has mild dementia and still lives in her home wouldn’t know to do most of this stuff so we’ve sent a copy of our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to her caregiver. That’s what we pay her for and she’s fine with these types of chores to help her out.
Now that I’m typing this I realize that I forgot to add putting up your Christmas lights because the weather may be wet but it’s nothing like being out on a ladder in the snow.
We are those neighbours you probably laugh at because we keep our Christmas lights up year-round since they are clear and I have them hanging upside down rather than sticking up.
There’s no way I’m stringing those buggers up every year. Call me Lazy and I’ll take it! It’s not costing me any money.
P.S-Time to start thinking about winter tires, winter shovels and your winter maintenance!! (New checklist coming soon)
Discussion: What other chores would you add to my Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance Checklist?
CBB Home and Blog Update
By now you may have noticed the new blog design has been implemented. This has been over one year in the making by my friend Sara at Moonsteam Design. I’m very happy with the results as the blog is now mobile friendly, easy to read and I love looking at it, ha!
We are still updating and changing things around to clean up the site to make it run even faster. Shortly there will be a password on the Free Tools and Printables but I will email all current subscribers the secret word to get into that page.
I’ll be adding even more as well so stay tuned for that!!
If you have any ideas for the blog or even blog topics, checklists or money-saving ideas please send them my way. If I use your idea I will send you a PC gift card! If you have a personal finance story you’d like to share you will get the same!! (No advertisers please, thanks).
Apart from the above we’ve been doing lots of indoor minimizing of items we no longer need and are donating them. Our son is also starting skating lessons so I went out to find him a helmet and pair of skates. I have NO idea how to skate so perhaps he can teach me once he knows how to, lol.
Other than that it has been business as usual with my career and making sure our son gets to school on time and picked up every day.
It’s amazing how sending a child to school really changes the course of your day.
Some parents are still struggling to find care for P.D or P.A Days or find themselves having to take a day off work each month costing them even more money.
That’s us this week. After Remembrance Day the Christmas fun will begin around here. This year will be hard without one family member but we are determined to carry on with him here in spirit as he loved this time of year. Lots more to come.
Finance Canada Read of the Week
The Bank of Canada is saying that Canadians should get used to the 3% interest rates which in my opinion could be a lot worse than what it is.
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz wants Canadians to get used to the idea of three per cent interest rates as the new normal, now that the era of rock-bottom borrowing costs is gradually fading away.
Poloz raised the benchmark rate last week for the fifth time in just over a year to 1.75 per cent — its highest level in about a decade.
This is why we decided to just pay our mortgage off as fast as we could because whether it’s the stock market, housing market or interest rate hikes someone is going to lose money in the end either way.
Nothing is for certain and don’t ever let anyone tell you they know they answers even if they are ‘historical’.
Valerie is A Canadian Foodie and as I was looking for the best homemade Angel Food Cake I stumbled upon her website. What caught my attention was her mother holding the Angel Food Cake.
To me, that represented my gran in the kitchen and boy did she know how to make a cake. I just had to click and read more and I’m so glad I did.
You won’t be disappointed by this photo by photo recipe direction and I’m betting it may be nostalgic for many readers. My goal is to make a keto Angel Food Cake for our family and I’ll be using her cake to switch it up.
Mr.CBB’s Motivational Corner
This week Mrs. CBB volunteered for 30 minutes for the first time in 9 years and although she was scared to go in by herself I kind of left her to it and she survived it.
Looking back she says she’s glad she tackled it on her own without me by her side as she felt empowered although very nervous. If there is something you’ve always wanted to do even if you have a disability give it a try.
Saturday Search Term Giggles
Every week I get tens of thousands of people who visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. (SIC) means I’ve copied the text exactly and it has spelling errors.
Most times funny, Sometimes serious.
- Money Hoarding and Wife Expenses– This sounds fishy to me as if someone is hiding money.
- How to negotiate a butter deal with Rogers?– Haha, I didn’t know Rogers sold BUTTER!
- Tax season in Canada– Ugh, don’t remind me.
- Store over-charge law- Ha, there is NO LAW it’s voluntary and called The Scanning Code of Practice.
- Teach children to wait patiently for free samples, don’t rush the sample lady– Someone had a rough day.
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