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Getting Ready For Winter

Colder weather is settling in across the country so be the smart homeowner you are and get your home ready for the winter before it arrives.

 

  1. Clean gutters. If you can’t get on a ladder yourself, hire someone. Wait until all the leaves are down, and clean them out. If you don’t the gutters can become clogged which could cause havoc during the next rain storm.
  2. Seal up masonry. Repair any broken joints or cracks in walkways, steps and stonework. Make sure you have clear, shovel-friendly paths to all doors.
  3. Cut down on heating costs. Make your house more energy-efficient by adding insulation, caulking around windows and doors and new storm windows. Maybe you have enough sun and space for solar panels. Repair any cracked or broken windows.
  4. Hire a chimney sweep. If you haven’t had your chimneys cleaned in a while, it’s probably time. How often should you have your chimneys cleaned? If you have 40 to 50 fires a winter, or about three times a week, you should clean it every year.
  5. Get your furnace and boiler inspected. Instead of begging for service when your boiler blows on a dead-cold January night, sign a contract now with a reputable heating company.
  6. Trim back trees and shrubs. Taking care of landscaping before a winter storm is the smart thing to-do. If you don’t those may come down on your home.