Winter is late, but it's coming, and you must prepare your house for winter before it gets too late. From clogged gutters to insulation leaks, you must fix everything before the chills set in. Here's a checklist to help you prepare your home for winter.
1. CLEAN THE GUTTERS
Clogged gutters will block the water from rainfall and melted snow and ultimately cause leakage. Therefore, it is crucial to get the gutters cleaned on an immediate basis. If you're unsure about gutter cleaning prices, check out our post about major factors that affect gutter cleaning prices.
2. WINTERIZE THE POOL
If you're the lucky one to have a pool in your house, you have some extra burden on your shoulders. Chances are you won't be using the pool for the entire winter and to make sure, your pool retains its shape without getting damaged due to the harsh weather, you must winterize your pool. Our guide to pool service and maintenance in winter can help.
3. GET THE FURNACE CHECKED
There's nothing horrible than a furnace breaking down in the middle of a cold night. The winter chills can turn your night into a complete nightmare. To avoid that, you must schedule for furnace maintenance before you switch on the heater this winter.
4. TUNE UP THE BOILER
The bills are usually bad during winter, and they can get worse if there's a leak in the boiler. If you're not going for a complete energy audit for some inexplicable reason, make sure you, at least, get your boiler tuned up.
5. GET AN ENERGY AUDIT
It's the best thing to do for your finances at the beginning of the year. And it is, even more, important for areas that face harsh winters. Imagine how much energy would get wasted if there's a leak in your home! Not only your heating system would be overloaded but also, your energy bills will rise at an exorbitant rate. All this can be avoided by scheduling for an energy audit as soon as possible.
6. REMIND YOURSELVES OF WHAT YOU FACED LAST WINTER
We gave you all the must-do things for winter home maintenance but we're pretty sure we missed some points. But those are some very simple things. Think about what issues you faced last winter. If some issues were big enough that you remember them even now, chances are they can arise again. Take some preventive measures for those.
7. DON'T FORGET THE CAR
Yes! We're working on the must do things to prepare your home for winter but isn't your car necessary for your daily chores? Getting the groceries, going to work and a trip to Starbucks on a boring day, all of it won't be possible without your car. Make sure your car is prepared to get you around places after or during snow fall. Get some winter wheels and de-icers too.
Apart from these, you must get the winter essentials stocked up. From food to warm beddings and a winter wardrobe, everything is a must. We also have some lawn care and maintenance tips for winter on our blog for the people who love their garden and don't want it to get ruined because of excessive snowfall.
We hope you found this useful. Let us know if you think these tips would help you cope up with winter. Happy winters. Stay warm!