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We’re beginning the last few months of the year, and it’s time to go outdoors to start a Fall home maintenance checklist.
You won’t do the chores in one day, so the Fall Home Maintenance Checklist is handy for me.
With the cooler weather, being outside doesn’t bother me as the high humidity does, so now is a perfect time.
Let’s see what is on my Fall Outdoor Maintenance Checklist and why it’s essential for homeowners.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist To Start Early
I’ve created an Outdoor Fall Maintenance Checklist, which I printed and taped to the wall in our garage to check off each chore as I complete it.
The last thing you want to happen is to forget something crucial that could cost 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 ensure 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.
They will leave a mess of mice poop behind the walls and burrow and eat their way through your insulation, as we’ve experienced.
The cost was a complete tear-down of our basement and installing new insulation.
If I had hired someone to do it, the cost would easily have doubled to 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 cost you some money.
It’s essential 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, could you 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), why don’t you work on the Fall Home Maintenance Checklist?
Mr. CBB- If I burn the burgers, you know who I will blame. Haha
Packing Up Outside For Winter
While the grill was heating up, I covered the Central Air unit and the swing-set assembly I made for our son. I also put away the rest of the deck furniture, which wasn’t much.
Later that evening, I drained the water from the hoses and shut the valves off just so I didn’t forget, and you want to do this so the outdoor water lines don’t freeze and burst.
Fall Maintenance Checklist For A Deck And Fence
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.
Fall Gardening Prep
If you plant Spring flowers or organic garlic bulbs, now is the time to get them in the ground if you haven’t already.
Ideally, the last week in October or before the first or second frost would be optimal.
Roof Fall Maintenance Checklist
As for the roof, I hop out the bedroom window and walk around (safely, of course).
I inspect and clean the roof gutters of leaves as they are a nuisance. I also looking for cracks, holes, or roof issues before it snows.
On occasion, if it is a lovely 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 visible leaks, as that can be a huge money waste when it comes to hydro over the winter months.
Now is the time to sort these issues while the weather is reasonable to work outside.
Saving Money To Hire Help
As always, if you can’t do a job on your Fall home maintenance checklist, hire someone for the job.
There are loads of Fall clean-up companies willing to come and do the job for you.
I’ve mentioned projected expenses a million times, but don’t forget to save for them all year if you are paying for these services.
When you save in advance, it eases the stress of finding ways to pay for the service.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist for Outdoor Cleaning
Mr. CBB, do you have a list of all the Fall jobs I need to complete outside of our home?
Recently, I received an email from a man who says they’ve just purchased their first home and weren’t sure what to do.
These printable lists certainly come in handy, especially when busy with your career and family.
If you know someone living alone or a senior who might need their Fall Home Maintenance Checklist, give them a hand.
You can print a copy of this Fall Home Maintenance checklist, bring it around, and perhaps ask them if they could use free help.
There’s nothing wrong with volunteering to help those who could use it and not speak up or know any better.
My mother-in-law, who has dementia and still lives in her home, wouldn’t know how to do most of this stuff.
We’ve sent a copy of our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to her caregiver to see if we need to hire help or if we can visit and do the chores for her.
Don’t Forget To Put Up Your Christmas Lights
Now that I’m typing this, I realize I forgot to add putting your Christmas lights on the checklist.
Our Christmas lights are a transparent white, and I hang them upside down, not as visible.
We are the people who keep our lights up year-round since I don’t want to string them every season.
Call me lazy, and I’ll take it! It does not cost me any money.
P.S. Start thinking about winter tires, shovels, and your winter maintenance!!
Discussion: What other chores would you add to my Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance Checklist?
CBB Home and Blog Update – Saturday Weekend Review
You may have noticed the new blog design, which I love.
The blog overhaul has been over one year in the making by my friend Sara at Moonsteam Design.
I’m thrilled 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 to clean up the site and make it run 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, so stay tuned for that!!
Submit Your Blog Topic Ideas
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!
Apart from the above, we’ve been doing lots of indoor minimizing of items we no longer need and are donating them.
Winter Skating Lessons
Our son is also starting skating lessons, so I went out for a helmet and a pair of skates.
I have no idea how to skate, so perhaps he can teach me once he knows how to, lol.
Besides that, it has been business as usual, and making sure our son gets to school on time every day.
It’s fantastic how sending a child to school 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.
After Remembrance Day, the Christmas fun will begin around our house, starting with decorations.
This year will be hard without one family member, but we will continue in spirit as he loved the Christmas holidays.
Finance Canada Read of the Week
The Bank of Canada is saying Canadians should get used to the 3% interest rates, which, in my opinion, could be a lot worse than 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.
Again, this is why we decided to pay our mortgage off as fast as we could because whether it’s the stock market, the housing market, or an interest rate hike, someone is going to lose money in the end, either way.
Nothing is for sure, and don’t ever let anyone tell you they know the 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.
That represented my gran in the kitchen, and boy, did she know how to make a cake.
I aim to make a keto Angel Food Cake for our family, and I’ll use 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 left her to it, and she survived it.
Looking back, she says she’s glad 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 the Canadian Budget Binder because they searched 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, 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- 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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