As the mercury begins to fall and temperatures take a tumble, it’s a good time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the winter months. If you’re unsure where to start, here’s a handy checklist that can help you begin the process of making your home snug and cozy during the winter – and if you do so correctly, you may be able to save some money on costly winter heating bills.
- Prune bushes and trees to get them ready for winter.
- Rake leaves and dispose of lawn detritus so that you won’t have to tackle the job in the springtime.
- Seal any surfaces that could take a beating during winter weather, including driveways and wooden decks.
- Move potted herbs and plants indoors to prevent frost damage.
- Drain garden hoses and store them somewhere safe.
- Plant spring bulbs so that you have some color to look forward to when the ground eventually thaws.
- Clear drain spouts and gutters of any autumn debris.
- Inspect the exterior of your house for cracks and make sure that areas around pipes are sealed properly.
- Replace damaged roof tiles and check flashing to keep water out.
- Replace screen doors and windows with their glass storm counterparts.
- Install weather stripping around doors and caulk around your windows where needed.
- If you have a swimming pool, close it and if you have irrigation, winterize it.
- Stow summer gardening equipment, pool toys, deck chairs, and other outdoor items used over the summer.
- Get the snow blower ready and when the first snow looms, stock up on salt or ice-melt.
- Have your furnace inspected.
- Change furnace filter and continue to do so monthly.
- Make sure your chimney cap is in place to prevent birds and other animals from getting inside.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected.
- Stock up on firewood and create a wood pile somewhere easily accessible.
- Consider adding insulation in the attic for increased heat savings.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly.
- Replace old fire extinguishers.
- Create an emergency kit in case of winter power outages. Include candles and matches, blankets, extra water, and non-perishable food that doesn’t need to be heated or cooked.
- Purchase back-up batteries for computers and cell phones.
- Consider purchasing a generator. Keep gasoline on hand and test it regularly in a well-ventilated outdoor space.
By preparing your home for
winter now, while it’s still relatively warm out, you’ll save yourself some
hassle and headaches later on. After all, who wants to be racing around trying
to get ready for winter when the first snow is in the forecast? Wouldn’t it be
more appealing to spend the first snowfall of the season curled up next to a
crackling fire with a good book?
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