October 28, 2015

Newmarket/Aurora Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Leaves are falling, rain is here, and snow is coming. It’s time to get your home prepped for winter. Here are a few suggestions…


  • Rake leaves and move any wet/damp yard debris away from your home.
  • Clean eavestroughs, gutters, and downspouts. Make sure that the water from your downspouts is being directed away from your home (generally a minimum of six feet is recommended).
  • Drain, remove, and store outdoor hoses and turn off exterior spigots (outdoor water tap). You may want to consider installing a freeze-proof faucet if your home does not already have one.
  • Store & put outdoor furniture away.
  • Protect, inspect, and cover your central air conditioning unit. This can be as easy as putting a piece of plywood over top of it.
  • Locate snow shovels and de-icing salt and make them accessible in your shed or garage.
  • Test snow blower and have it serviced if necessary.
  • If necessary, prepare ice guards and/or ice melting system. In the older homes this is often a good strategy.

Newmarket Yard Waste Pick-up:

  • November is the last month for Yard Waste Pick-up. Get your yard waste out on your regular pick-up day (I.e. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday) in the first and third weeks of this month.
  • Maximum weight: 22Kg (50 lbs) per bag/container
  • Use paper yard waste bags OR open-top containers with handles
  • MUST put out before 7 AM on your collection day

For more information visit: www.newmarket.ca

Nov2015 collection calendar


















Aurora Yard Waste Pick-up:

  • Aurora’s year waste pick-up ends at the beginning of December. Your yard waste will be collected on your regular pick-up day in the first, third, and fifth weeks of November.
  • Maximum weight: 22Kg (50 lbs) per bag/container
  • Use paper yard waste bags OR open-top containers with handles and attach “yellow yard waste stickers” available for pick-up at Aurora Town Hall and 8 Scanlon Court.

For more information visit: www.aurora.ca/wasteandrecycling

Aurora nov2015 collection Aurora dec2015 collection












  • Change or clean furnace filters and check that furnace is operational.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clean/flush the drains in your home. For this Lowes.ca recommends “adding one-half-cup baking soda followed by one-half-cup white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water”.
  • Check windows and doors for drafts and heat escape. Install weather stripping if necessary.
  • Purge & Clean: clean kitchen appliances, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, and discard out-dated food and medicine.

Maintaining your home inside and out is vital to preserving the value of your home.

If you like this post and want to receive more like it, click here to Subscribe to our Monthly Newsletter

#mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; }
/* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block.
We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Email Format

(function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]=’EMAIL’;ftypes[0]=’email’;fnames[1]=’FNAME’;ftypes[1]=’text’;fnames[2]=’LNAME’;ftypes[2]=’text’;fnames[3]=’MMERGE3′;ftypes[3]=’phone’;}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true);

Posted by at 6:36 AM


Posted in home-maintenance ,uncategorized

Read more