Tip Tuesday: Prepare for Winter During Fall

Let’s face it; we want to savor these final few days of sun, warmth, nights out by the fire and barbecue dinners.  However, it’s undeniable that we can feel it coming.  The air is a little crisper, mornings are cooler and the leaves are changing.  Summer is almost over, fall is coming and winter is right around the corner.  There are obvious things we all do to get ready for winter; i.e. fill oil tanks, get the snow blowers ready, bring in the patio furniture and grill and buy the rock salt, but there are some important tasks that everyone can do during the Fall to prepare your home to survive the winter with very little wear and tear.

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Photo Credit: http://www.bhg.com

Here are our top 5 suggestions:

  1. Clear downspouts: Everyone cleans their gutters, but do you check do you see if there are any clogs inside your downspout?  Use a garden house or bucket of water to check the flow and be sure the flow is rapid and drains clear of the house.
  2. Replace weather stripping on doors and windows:  Don’t wait until you see the cold air pouring into your house, check the stripping on your windows and doors before the snow comes.  Replace any deteriorated stripping or anywhere you see gaps.
  3. Check grading around the house and walkways: If you want to keep your basement dry then the grading around your foundation needs to be correct.  The Fall season is the best time to check the grading around your foundation before the snow comes and melts.  Also, the grading on your walkways is important so that you can avoid ice buildup.
  4. Check your mailbox:  Here’s one a lot of people don’t even think of.  Make sure your mailbox is in good condition and stable enough to withstand mounds of snow and ice.  Also, make sure you have a plan on how to make it accessible for the mail carrier and yourself during the snowstorms.
  5. Test your outdoor lighting:  Winter gets darker, especially in the morning.  That great summer sunlight that we have all taken for granted will be gone and we’ll be going out to our cars in the dark.  Be sure that your lights are functional and bright.

Do you have any that you’d add to this list?!

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