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Readying Your Home for Winter

by Daniel Pauly

Home maintenance is essential to keeping your house in good shape and saving you money in the long run. Read the tips below to help you get your home ready for harsh winter weather.

  1. Clear the Gutters

Fall can wreak havoc on the gutters of any home, but especially those in areas with a lot of large trees. In preparation for winter, ensure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. This will keep you from having to hack ice and snow from clogged gutters in frigid winter temperatures.

  1. Maintain the Yard

Some yards require a lot of maintenance before going dormant for the winter. For example, if you have a lot of tall grasses or other perennials that need to be cut back, the fall is a great time to do so. Additionally, ensure you provide lawn care Kent, such as fertilizing and re-seeding when necessary.

  1. Fix Cracks in the Sidewalk

Seal cracks in your sidewalk and driveway to keep the cracks from growing in the winter weather. You can find products to repair asphalt and cement cracks at your local home improvement store.

  1. Seal Windows

If you’ve been noticing drafts coming in through your windows, grab a caulk gun and re-seal the perimeter of the windows letting air in. This will reduce the amount of outside air getting into your home and can help you save on heating costs.

  1. Perform Furnace Maintenance

Change the filter in your furnace and consider having it cleaned professionally in preparation for heavy use throughout the winter. This helps keep your furnace working efficiently and last longer.

Get ahead of the cold weather and prepare your home for winter by clearing the gutters, maintaining the yard, fixing cracks, sealing windows and performing furnace maintenance. When you can enjoy the chilly weather from the comfort of your home, you will be glad you did.