Fall fix-ups to winterize your home
The perfect time to prep your home for winter is when fall weather is at its finest. Cooler temperatures and mountain snow will be here any day, so don’t wait to prepare. Here are steps to take to get ready for falling leaves and freezing temperatures, as recommended by House Beautiful and Better Homes and Gardens.
Clean and well-functioning gutters are a must for winter. Now is the time to clear gutters of leaves and debris and replace damaged sections.
Windows are a major source of heat loss in the home. One simple solution is to eliminate drafts with weather stripping. To check for drafts, close the door or window on a strip of paper, and then slide the paper. If it slides easily, it’s time to replace your weather stripping.
Disconnect outdoor faucets and sprinklers
This is a simple step to take sooner rather than later. A few easy steps will help avoid frozen and bursting pipes in your home. Drain and disconnect your hoses from outdoor faucets before the first freeze. For sprinkler systems, it’s best to find a professional.
Protect outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture lasts longer and looks better if it is protected from winter snow and freezing temperatures. Either store the furniture inside for the winter or cover it with a waterproof furniture cover.
Fix driveway and sidewalk cracks
When water freezes in small cracks, the small cracks become big cracks. It’s easy to prevent by filling those small cracks with concrete crack sealer. Your drive and walkways will look much better over the years – and will be safer – if you take this preventive step.
Prep your lawn
Prevent the stress and damage that