It’s close to the middle of November and there’s still not much in the way of snow on the ground. But don’t let the fact that the grass is still visible cause you to put off important home winterizing items. Just like you put winter antifreeze and snow tires on your vehicle in preparation for the cold temperatures and snowy/icy roads. So too, your home requires yearly maintenance in preparation of the blustery days to come. Here are a few important items you may want to attend to before winter arrives in full force:
- I’m hoping you did this long before the temperature dropped below zero, but if not, disconnect all outdoor water hoses. If you did forget to disconnect them prior to the cold weather’s arrival, please make sure to inspect the interior water lines in the early spring BEFORE turning on the outdoor tap. Unfortunately, interior water lines can crack close to the exterior connection if hoses were not detached prior to the arrival of the colder weather.
- Check eavestroughs for blockages and remove any debris if required. And, since you’re up on a ladder anyway, now’s a good time to look over your roof to make sure all shingles are intact, and put up your Holiday lights if it’s on your list of must do items to make the season festive.
- If you have a central A/C unit, vacuum the exterior to remove spider webs, dust and any accumulated debris, and cover it with an appropriate weather resistant cover.
- Replace burned out bulbs in exterior light fixtures to ensure walkways and doorways are brightly lit during the shorter darker days.
- Check the weather stripping around doors and windows for gaps and replace if needed. Since cold air can seep in through the smallest of cracks, ensuring a snug fit around all entries to your home will help to save on energy consumption.
Now that your home is ready for the winter season, it’s time to grab a hot drink, cozy up with a good book or favorite movie and Let it Snow!
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