Winter Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners

We all know how harsh Canadian winters can be! That’s why it’s crucial to make sure you’re taking the appropriate steps to prepare and maintain your home during the colder months.

But what are those appropriate steps? If you’re a new homeowner or not used to maintaining a home, you may be a bit unsure of what to do! 

Don’t worry. I am here to help. Here is my handy checklist that you can use and save for future winters to make sure you’re on the right track.

It’s also important to know when to call in a professional! If you don’t feel comfortable doing something, it’s best to leave it to someone who does. 

  1. Check and clean or replace your furnace air filters each month during the heating season.
  2. Clean your humidifier two or three times during the winter season.
  3. Vacuum your bathroom fan grills to ensure you have proper ventilation.
  4. Examine your attic for frost accumulation and check your roof for ice dams or icicles. If there’s excessive frost or staining on the underside of your roof or ice dams on the roof surface, have an expert come and look into the issue.
  5. Examine your windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If you find any, make a note to repair or replace them come spring.
  6. Have an inspector carry out regular maintenance checks on your hot water tank and furnace. The last thing you want is to lose hot water or heat on a -20 °C day in February! 
  7. Test your sump pump. You want to make sure it works; otherwise, you could end up with a flooded basement and foundation damage.
  8. Schedule an electrical maintenance tune-up with a professional to ensure your wiring, fuses, and general electrical panel are in working order.
  9. Keep an eye on trees around your home. Trees that are heavy with ice and snow can break and fall onto your home, leading to damage to your roof and windows. 
  10. Prevent frozen pipes by using sealant or insulation. If pipes burst or even crack a little, they can cause expensive water and plumbing damage. 


I hope that you found this blog helpful and informative. If you have any questions about the home buying or moving process, please feel free to reach out by clicking here! I can answer all your questions and concerns and make the whole process as stress-free as possible.