What steps do you take to Winterize your home? You know, part of it is preparation for the cold temperatures, and part of it is preparing for Spring so that there is less to do when that time comes.
1. Take out the annuals and trim back the Summer growth. Rake up the leaves. Mow your lawn. Fertilize where needed. This is in preparation for Spring.
2. Clean your gutters. This is especially important if you are in an area with a lot of trees and a lot of moisture. This will help moisture to drain properly away from your home.
3. Drain your hoses and put them away. Blow out your irrigation water if applicable. Be sure that water is moved away from your home and is out of your pipes. Be sure that exposed pipes are insulated if your area is prone to freezing temperatures.
4. Seal up your home. Be sure there is no air coming through the seals around your windows. Check your home's exterior for cracks and seal them. Check your roof and vents for their seal. Replace the seal around doors, if necessary.
5. Get a furnace tune-up. Make sure that the furnace is working efficiently and that includes changing your filters. If you have a fireplace that you regularly use, be sure you have a clean chimney and that you have stocked up on firewood.
6. If you live in a snow prone area, be sure that you grab a snow shovel or three, or a snow blower. Also, be sure that you have ice melt. Another good idea is grabbing a new mat for your door so that there is somewhere to wipe of snow or mud during this season.
All-in-all, check anything that you can think of that could be a case scenario during the Winter months. Being proactive will help alleviate stress and strain when the "what if's" happen.