Ready or not, winter is coming. While you might not have to worry about blizzards and White Walkers in your neighborhood, the temperatures are still going to be dropping and you’ll want to make sure that your home is fully prepared for the upcoming winter season.
There is a long list of regular maintenance that you have to keep up with as a homeowner. The list can actually feel overwhelming at times. But keeping up with the basics is the best way to ensure that you don’t have to deal with any major surprises down the road. And those expensive surprises almost always seem to happen in the middle of winter.
So take some time over the next few weekends and make sure your home is ready.
The first things that come to mind regarding getting your home ready for winter usually involve outdoor maintenance. You don’t want to be messing around with projects like cleaning out the gutters and sealing the masonry in the cold and snow, so knock that stuff off of your list before winter shows up.
You also want to take care of things like putting your outdoor furniture away for the season, raking or mulching your leaves, and turning off the water to any outside faucets.
If outdoor maintenance is first on the list, indoor maintenance has to be a close second. You are going to be relying on your furnace to keep your family warm throughout the winter, so getting that furnace looked at before it gets to cold is always a good idea. This will allow you to go into the winter months confident that your furnace will hold up.
Another important interior issue that you will need to check is the caulking and weather stripping around your doors and windows. Make sure that there are no drafts allowing cold air to sneak into the house.
You will also want to make sure you reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. They should be rotating clockwise in the winter months in order to redistribute warm air throughout the room.
Get Ready for Snow Removal
The next step is getting yourself ready to deal with all of that snow. The easiest way to handle that is to line up a good snow removal company. But if you’d rather do the work yourself, make sure that your snow blower is in good condition and that you have plenty of fuel for it.
Regardless of who will be plowing your snow this year, everyone should at least have access to a good snow shovel and a large bag of salt to take care of any icy walkways.
Check Your Emergency Supplies
The odds of a blizzard actually trapping you inside your house for more than a day are extremely small. But if that ever does actually happen, you are going to want to be ready for it.
At the very least, you should have enough bottled water and canned goods on hand to last your family for a few days. On top of that, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to have a generator ready…just in case.
Change your Wardrobe & Bedding
Once the house is fully prepared for winter, you are going to want to make sure that you are prepared as well. Break out your winter clothes and pack away your summer wardrobe until next year. And while you are at it, throw an extra blanket on the beds!
No matter how much you hate winter, there isn’t anything you can do to stop it from showing up this year. Take some time to properly prepare your house and make sure your family stays warm this year.