Fall fix-ups to win­ter­ize your home

Daily Camera (Boulder) - - Real Estate - BY TOM KALINSKI

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.

Pre­pare gut­ters

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.

Block drafts

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

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