Peaks and Troughs: A Maintenance Guide to Seasonal Homes

Your home doesn’t look or perform the same in summer as it does in winter. As the seasons change, so do the features in a house. When the weather is warm and the sunlight hours long, the colours may be brighter and airier for example. But, the opposite is generally true during December, January and February. There’s nothing better than redecorating, to liven a space up, even if it’s tiring work. However, there is another thing to think about: maintenance. As one season changes, another comes into play, and that puts the house in a vulnerable position.

To avoid any nasty surprises, here’s what you need to know.


Winter is when the weather is at its worst. So, as a homeowner, you have to protect the inside from the elements outside. As a rule, check the roof for signs of damage, and wear and tear, ideally before winter. Roof repair isn’t high on the list until the ceilings start dripping, and by then it’s too late. Also, keep an eye on the gutters and any debris which builds up. Full drains can burst and splatter over the exterior of the property, or, even worse, leak into the house. If the weather is particularly bad, check for flooding in problem areas such as the basement.


March through May is a strange time because it’s a mixture of rain and sun. When both come together, they can cause a security risk. How? Well, to start with, spring rains get into the wood and cause it to rot. Even worse, the sun dries it out and forces it to expand. Should there be any wood around the property entrances, it can put them at risk. Probing the trim will tell you whether the wood is weak and needs replacing or is still strong. Don’t forget about the garden, either. Showers may cause pockets of wet patches to form and flood the lawn. Using compacted soil will soak up the excess H2O.


Summer is less about preventing problems, and usually more about cosmetics. But, there will be some maintenance issues. June, July and August are when the temps are at their highest and it’s important to stay cool. Inside the house, this is pretty difficult unless there’s a functioning air conditioning unit. Because it’s been off for the past six months, it will need a once-over before you turn it back on again. Make sure to clean the filter and the fan for the best results. If there are any problems, consult an instruction manual for help.


The fall is the time of year when you turn back on the major house heating appliances. From the boiler to the radiators, they are essential in autumn. However, they are safety hazards, which is why security equipment, such as smoke detectors and CO2 detectors, need double checking. The trick is to ensure the batteries aren’t dead and they beep or alert you to a problem. Speaking of security, the fall is a bad time for burglars because there is a lot of natural covers. With this in mind, check the alarm system for any bugs.

For a seasonal home to be its best, you should always keep up with the seasons.

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