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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to prepare our homes for the colder months ahead. Here’s a handy checklist for your winter home maintenance:

  • Insulate your windows and doors: Prevent drafts and keep your home cozy by adding weatherstripping or caulking around windows and doors. This will help to keep the cold air out and save on heating costs.
  • Clean your gutters: Remove any leaves and debris from your gutters to ensure proper drainage. This will prevent ice dams from forming and potential water damage to your home.
  • Check your heating system: Schedule a professional inspection of your furnace or heat pump to ensure it’s working efficiently. Replace filters regularly to maintain good air quality.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: With windows closed and heaters running, it’s crucial to have working detectors to keep your family safe. Replace batteries if needed.
  • Prepare your fireplace: If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected by a professional before using it. Stock up on firewood and make sure you have the necessary tools like a fire screen and fireplace tools.
  • Protect your pipes: Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing and potential bursts. Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and shut off exterior faucets if possible.
  • Check your roof: Look for any loose or damaged shingles that could lead to leaks during winter storms. Consider hiring a professional for a thorough inspection.
  • Clear snow from walkways and driveways: Keep a shovel or snow blower handy to clear snow promptly. Apply ice melt or sand to prevent slips and falls.
  • Store outdoor furniture: Clean and store outdoor furniture in a dry place to protect it from winter weather.
  • Stock up on winter essentials: Make sure you have enough rock salt, sand, and snow removal tools to handle winter weather.

By following this checklist, you’ll be well-prepared for the winter season and can enjoy a cozy and safe home.