Fall is time to batten down the hatches before old man winter comes to call. Depending on where you live in the country, your maintenance may vary a bit. While snow can happen in all 50 states, in some states it’s pretty darn rare. Louisiana, Florida and Hawaii are the least likely states to get snow, while New York, Wyoming and Vermont top the list – check your state. But surprise storms do occur, even in the south. And the toll that winter takes on your house and yard isn’t limited to snow: winter cold snaps, freezing rain, harsh winds, hail and ice can also cause damage so it’s good to prepare now while the weather is mild. And don’t forget that hurricane season continues through November!
Check out our prior post on Winterizing: Money saving ideas for heating your home – something to think about over the autumn months. We’ve also compiled a checklist of other tasks to tackle before the colder weather sets in.
- Have your furnace, heating and hot water system inspected and cleaned by a professional, This is important for oil-fired to prevent puffback.
- Inspect and clean chimneys and fireplaces.
- Clean air ducts and vents.
- Check and replace air filters and reverse ceiling fans.
- Winterize water pipes.
- Turn off exterior faucets and water sources.
- Drain lawn irrigation systems.
- Check roof and shingles and make any repairs.
- Take steps to prevent ice dams
- Clean gutters.
- Check foundation, cellar and garage for gaps where critters could get in.
- Insulate doors and windows to prevent drafts.
- Test smoke and CO2 detectors; replace batteries.
- Check and repair walkways, stairs, driveways.
- Check and repair garage doors.
- Clean outdoor pools and prep or cover for the winter.
- Store or cover outdoor furniture and grills.
- Bring in summer yard equipment.
- Cover air conditioners.
- Check and repair outdoor lighting.
- Clean the clothes dryer to prevent fires.
- Check and test winter equipment such as your snowblower.
- Ensure you have shovels, sand, ice scrapers on hand.
- Stock up on firewood if you have a fireplace or stove. Here are good tips for storing firewood.
- Review your homeowners policy to understand what it covers. Have a talk with your independent insurance agent to address any gaps.
Reprinted from Renaissance Alliance – no usage without permission.