Living on Vancouver Island, I cannot but suppress a giggle about the two seasons in the Pacific Northwest, being rain and not rain. While this article focuses on some of the unique aspects of maintainance tasks for homes in the Northwest, many of the tips are applicable right across the country.

Article by Karin Beuerlein courtesy of

If you live in the Northwest, here are maintenance jobs you should complete every fall and winter to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in top condition.

Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each season to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. These home maintenance tasks are most important for the Northwest in fall and winter. For a comprehensive list of tasks by season, refer to the to-do lists at the end of this article.

Preparing for fall and winter in the Northwest means gearing up for wet weather. “In the Pacific Northwest we have two seasons: rain and not rain,” says Jim Katen of Benchmark Inspection Services in Gaston, Ore. Because fall is when the rain starts in earnest, it’s important to take steps to prevent moisture problems at the beginning of the season. Further from the coast, home maintenance requires more attention to weathering cold and snow

For a list of key fall and winter maintenance tasks, read more…

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