Home Advice: Make sure your home is ready for winter

In addition to raking leaves and winterizing your lawn, this is a great time to go through your home maintenance checklist. Minor repairs and preparations can keep your home safe and warm for the upcoming winter months.


  • Close and drain hose bibs.
  • Rake debris away from side of house and other structures.
  • Clean out gutters, downspout elbows, and check for roof leaks.
  • Check foundation and repair any cracks.
  • Clean around air conditioner compressor.
  • Trim any trees or shrubs that touch house.
  • Inspect and replace weatherstripping; re-caulk if needed.
  • Repair torn screens; inspect and clean storm windows.
  • Clean under decks and porches.
  • Inspect seals and clean out basement window wells.
  • Check external lights, especially by stairs; replace burnt out bulbs.
  • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone.
  • Check the dryer vent to make sure it is clear.


  • Clean and reverse the ceiling fans so the blades push air up instead of down.
  • Replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Test alarms to be sure they are working properly.
  • Replace air filters in furnace.
  • Adjust thermostat settings for fall/winter temperatures.
  • Stock emergency supplies in case the power (and heat) goes out.

Please let me know if you need any contractor referrals for maintenance or other household “To Do” list items. I am there when it counts.

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