The weather starts to get cold – no doubt, the chilly months are just right around the corner. To most homeowners, this is the perfect time to prepare their home for the colder season. Instead of just waiting for the coming cold, why not try to be a smart homeowner this year and get your property and home ready for the fall and winter? Remember, winter can be harsh and it can wreak havoc on your property. With a little preparation, you can get your home ready for the cold months ahead.
Start prepping your house for the colder season. How to get your property ready for the fall and winter? Here are some things you should include in your list:
- Clean your gutters
One of the most important things that you need to do before fall and winter arrives is to declutter your gutter. Most of the roof leakage and water-in-the-basement problems are caused by gutters that are clogged with leaves and other debris. You can choose to clean it regularly or wait for all the leaves to fall before cleaning it at once. You can choose to clean your gutters yourself. However, you may want to call a professional to repair any gutter problems should you find one.
- Seal any leaks
Check the edges of your windows and doors for drafts. If there are small gaps in your windows and doors, warm air will get out of your home while the cold air from the outside will squeeze through these spaces. Aside from making your home cold and uncomfortable during the cold seasons, drafts also increases your energy consumption. Replace seals and repair caulking if needed to prevent this from happening.
- Check your home’s plumbing
If you have in-ground water sprinklers, make sure to have its pipe blown out of water before the cold season starts. The last thing you would want to have on winter is a bursting pipe. Drain out the water from your outdoor faucets and hoses; then store your hoses properly.
- Inspect your fireplace and furnace
Hire a professional to check and clean your fireplace for the coming winter months. When the colder months roll in, you will have no time to stock up so order your firewood now – go for seasoned firewood. Make sure that you furnace is also in tip top condition for it to run smoothly when the temperature starts to drop.
- Get your fall and winter tool box ready
There is nothing better than a prepared soldier. Before fall or winter starts, get your fall and winter tools ready in one place. Nobody wants to rush into the heavy snow just to look for a snow shovel, right? So make sure that your snow shovel, snow and leaf blower, ice scrapers, rake, and other gardening tools are all ready in case you needed them.
Cold seasons should not cause you any worry. Do the necessary preparations mentioned above to make sure that you and your family will be comfortable warm throughout the fall and winter seasons.