Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home — that's why it's important to use the fall to prepare. With this checklist, you can get your home in tip-top shape before the weather turns colder.
Here are some home projects to tackle this fall:
- Check your exterior for cracks or holes, and use caulk to fill in any problem areas. Double-check around windows and door frames, as well as along your siding and where wires or pipes enter your home. This quick fix can help your home stay more insulated once cold weather hits.
- Add weather stripping to your windows and doors. This is another quick way to potentially save big on your heating bill this winter. If your doors are too old and warped for weather stripping to help, it may be time to upgrade.
- Clean out your gutters. Wait until most of the leaves have fallen so you won't have to worry about doing this chore more than once!
- Turn off outdoor faucets and store your garden hose in a garage or shed.
- Seal any gaps or holes. Even small holes can become entrances for critters looking for warmth!
- Rake up and remove all leaves. Even though they look pretty when they first fall, failing to dispose of leaves — and then potentially letting them become blanketed by snow — can cause problems for grass growth in the spring.
- Get your heating system serviced by a professional. This can help optimize your home's heating abilities before they're put to the test.
- Stock up on winter supplies like fire wood and driveway salt.
Checking off the items on this list will make you feel more prepared for winter weather and avoid potential problems that could be a big blow to your budget come spring.
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