With the change of each season comes a reminder of a new set of home maintenance tasks to check off the to-do list. Homeowners should prepare their homes and yards for the freeze of winter ahead with this list as a helpful guide.
Winter Outdoor Updates
Now that the warm summer days are over, most people will spend much more time inside their homes than out. Keep this in mind when cleaning up your outdoor living areas. This is the time to stow away lawnmowers, outdoor power tools, water hoses, and other items that might not get much action for the next few months. If your tools are gas-powered, empty tanks of gas and oil to prevent any long-lasting issues. Remember to shut off any water systems like fountains, in case of a freeze. This is also the time to get your roof inspected, cut limbs near power lines, refinish your deck, and tackle other off-season responsibilities.
Odds and Ends
One of the easiest things to do at the change of a season is to run through a quick list of small to-dos around the house. These tasks should be done regularly throughout the year, so a new season is a perfect reminder to do so. Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries, dust ceiling fan blades, reverse fan blade direction to counterclockwise, and clean bathroom vents. That fresh sense of safety and circulation will help you feel ready to take on winter at home. It’s also a great time to find or purchase a snow shovel, ice scrapers, and/or ice melts.
Heating and Water
Is your heating system ready for its busiest season? Replace your HVAC filter and, if necessary, get the system serviced to ensure optimal performance for the upcoming cold temperatures. Check your pipes for proper insulation and locate your water shut-off valve in case of a pipe freeze. Locating these items now will help you better prepare for the winter and whatever the cold may bring. If you have a fireplace, make sure you test its flue for a tight close and call your local chimney sweep for any necessary cleaning prior to your first fire of the season.
Keep these maintenance tips in mind throughout the year in order to avoid unexpected projects from arising this winter. If some of these tasks seem daunting, you can always hire a “pro” to help you. If you are in need of a great local reference to get the job done, we are happy to recommend local vendors for your specific project and area of town.