Is Your Home Ready For Winter?
Posted by Michael Kahn on
1. Check the air flow. Check your vents, room fans, dryer vents, baseboard heaters, and HVAC units for any built-up dust.
2. Turn up the heat. Make sure that the HVAC unit is thoroughly, and professionally, inspected and serviced.
3. Light the fireplace and clean the chimney. If you have a fireplace be sure to check the fireplace and chimney to make sure that they are clean and free of any debris.
4. Paint the walls and clean the carpets. Fall is the perfect time to do a little sprucing up on typical wear and tear areas. Consider interior painting, carpet cleaning, and carpet replacement if needed.
5. Check the insulation. Insulation is a critical component to keeping homes warm during the winter. Check the exterior of your property for any spot that might need new weatherstripping.
6. Protect the deck, patio, and porch areas. Clean away dust and debris from the surfaces of the deck, patio, and porch spaces. Look for signs of cracking, chipped paint, or holes. Use wood putty or stone filler to repair any surfaces areas that have been damaged during the summer.
7. Repair driveways and walkways. Check the driveway and walkways for any cracks to prevent the winter rain from eroding the surface any further.
8. Clean the kitchen sink and garbage disposal. During the summer, the humidity and sun will have increased the bacteria population in your garbage disposal.
9. Clean all bathrooms. Use a mildew remover to scour the bathroom until it shines. Apply grout to any areas that need it,such as the bathtub and shower.
Gutter debris can become particularly hazardous during the winter. Remove leaves, twigs, and anything else that might cause the gutters to clog during the winter.