House Winterizing Checklist

House Winterizing Checklist

The leaves are changing, there’s a crisp chill in the air. That means Old Man Winter is on his way soon. You can be toasty warm all winter with our best tips for getting prepared right now.

 

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Leaves, sticks and debris can clog your gutters, leading to some majorly expensive problems when heavy rains and snows happen.  If you’ve been neglecting your gutter maintenance, now is the time to give them a good cleaning and save yourself from headaches down the road.  Don’t want to climb a ladder and try this yourself? 

We can help with that.

 

Examine Your Roof and Chimney

If you’re already up on a ladder, it’s a great time to check your roof for any damage before winter arrives.  Check for any loose shingles, gaps or damage, and repair as needed to avoid leaks and water damage.  Check your chimney for any bird or squirrel nests or blockages from plant debris.  It’s so much easier to repair a potential problem now, not when your roof is covered in ice and snow.

 

Check Doors and Windows

Inspect for gaps around windows and doors, if you can feel a draft on a windy day, your warm air can escape when the weather turns cold outside. Install weather stripping or caulking to seal up any air leaks and replace screens with double paned storm doors and windows.

 

Check Your Furnace

Replace your furnace filter, and test to make sure your furnace will turn on once the winter arrives. Be sure to close off any vents in unused areas of your home to save money on heating bills.

 

Winterize Your Deck

Clean and put away any outdoor furniture, grills, and bird feeders. (No one wants to sit in a moldy chair that was left out all winter!) Power wash and protect your deck with a fresh coat of weatherproofing stain to keep it shielded from the harsh elements and avoid mold and moss build-up.  Need some help?  We’ve got you.

 

Check Smoke Detectors

It’s the perfect time to replace the batteries and check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to make sure they are in working condition.  With heaters running all day and night, it’s important to check your detectors so they can alert you if a fire begins.

 

We would love to help you get ready for winter, give us a call today!

 

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