Winter is on its way and, for most of the country that means freezing temps, wind, snow, ice and heavy jackets. It also means that it's time to prepare your home for these colder months ahead. Organizing your home for winter can seem like an annoying and time consuming chore, but ensuring your home is prepped properly can save you a nice chunk of change while protecting your property for years to come.
Avoid spending your holidays handling winter-related disasters by completing the following tasks:
- 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
How many of these fall and winter home maintenance chores have you already taken care of?