Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners.

No matter where you live, seasonal changes are a good reminder to tend to your home. This month, enjoy energy-efficient warmth and the fruits of your home-maintenance labors, and thoroughly clean and care for your home's interior while taking a few precautionary measures on the outside. Getting ready for colder weather means checking, repairing, and readying your home to withstand the upcoming rain, wind, and snow.

If you haven't take steps to winterize your home yet this fall, there's a good chance you've got some work to do. Here's a quick winter home maintenance checklist to help you get things in shape and avoid costly repairs come spring:

  • Clothes Dryer: Check on vents and hoses for lint
  • HVAC: vacuum & dust, replace air filter
  • Garbage disposal: crush ice (sharpens) baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Range Hood Fan: check & clean
  • Plumbing: check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Tile: Seal the grout (do every 6 months)
  • Fire Extinguisher: place near kitchen, check charge
  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses 
  • Buy foam-cup covers for outdoor faucets - commonly sold at hardware stores and provide a cheap insurance policy that will help keep exposed pipes from freezing
  • Check attic for signs of moisture
  • Check attic to make sure you have enough insulation and add more if you don’t

These winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

What is on your home maintenance list this month?