It seems like fall has just begun, and yet, we can be sure that the crisp, winter air will be blowing in at any time. As we physically, and mentally, prepare ourselves for the cold that is coming our way, we should also be asking ourselves “is our home ready for winter’s harsh elements”?
Here are 4 tips to prepare your home for winter:
PREPARE YOUR FIREPLACE
Make sure there’s no build up (i.e. birds’ nests, cobwebs etc.) inside the chimney by taking a look up with a flashlight, and, while you’re at it, ensure the damper opens and closes tightly. Clean out last year’s ashes and remember to stock up on firewood and kindling!
CLEAN THE GUTTERS
Your gutters need to be cleaned of all the fallen leaves and twigs ensuring there are no blockages for the rain and melting snow. Make sure you clear the downspouts of any leaves or debris as well, as these can result in mildew and mud, and can cause your gutters to sag.
INSPECT AROUND YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR
Take a walk around the outside of your home to test all exterior electrical outlets and roll up the garden hoses. Ensure the downspouts are draining away from your home, to prevent from any water damage. Finally, bring in your plants to a more controlled temperature.
STOCK UP ON YOUR OUTDOOR HARDWARE
We all know what it’s like rushing to the store the day before a storm hits – most likely they have run out of their salt/sand and other winter clean up items. Make sure you stock up on these items and keep your shovels, snow blowers and car brushes handy!
Now that your home is prepared for the upcoming winter, you can sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the warmth of the flickering fire.