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Autumn is around the corner…How can I prepare my home for winter?

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:57:42 PM

The smell of barbecues and sound of the ice cream truck will be changing to the smell of burning wood in fire pits and sound of the leaf blower. The weather is still enjoyable, and a perfect time to do some necessary maintenance and home improvement projects to hunker down for the cold winter.

Here is a list of some important to dos to ensure a safe, enjoyable winter on the homestead:

Roof Inspection
After a humid, hot and damp summer, you should check for leaks and other damage. Look for any discoloration on your ceilings or walls for water damage. This is a simple, quick fix, but if not corrected before winter, it could lead to a much more serious problem.

Gutters
The time has come to check your gutters. Not only do they control rain flow, but they also collect leaves, debris and sometimes a bird nest or pests. If you have a ladder, grab a bucket, hand shovel and get to work. Search for cracks, holes or disconnections that have leaks. Faulty gutters can damage your siding and lead to the potential need for roof repairs in the winter.

Landscaping
To keep your lawn healthy through winter and into the spring, do some preventative yard work. Rake the leaves, re-seed and fertilize. These projects are easily done by yourself, however, hiring a landscaper will ensure experience and the necessary equipment.

Heating systems
Your heating system has not been in use all summer and is imperative during the winter months. Whether you have a boiler, a water heater, a furnace or a geothermal heating system, make sure it is operating properly. If you've had problems with the system in the past year, you might need to have a heating professional look at it. You can locate preventative maintenance instructions in the owner's manual.

Replace the windows
Halloween brings back ghosts, ghouls and chills. Drafts of cold air sneak in through your windows. To save yourself from winter's chill and a higher heating bill, replace your windows in the fall.