Fall is the perfect time of year to begin preparing your home for the coming winter months. Just like you spring clean at the start of each year, you should have a checklist of things to do each autumn. It should include repair and maintenance work, energy saving improvements, and stocking up on necessities. Use the following information to help you get started.
Maintenance and Repairs
Now is the time to call the experts. Have them come to inspect your home’s systems and make all necessary repairs. Your heating and cooling specialists can check your HVAC air filter housing as well as change the filters. A local roofer can inspect for loose shingles and repair any spots that could lead to leaks later on. These steps will save you time and money later on.
Energy bills always seem to increase as you head into the winter months. It is expensive to heat your home. Don’t let that warm air escape. If your home has older windows, cover them with plastic or switch to heavier insulated window treatments. Add or replace weather stripping around windows and doors, and consider using throw rugs on the floors for added warmth.
There are many items that you will need throughout the winter, but you might not think about them until you need them. Don’t wait for the first snowfall to be looking for these important necessities. Now is the time to purchase salt for sidewalks and drives, replace broken shovels, and toss some kitty litter in the car. Once you purchase these things, place them where you can easily reach them. Shovels and salt left by the backdoor is handy once it snows.
Having the experts inspect and repair all of your major systems, adding little touches that will keep you warmer, and stockpiling all of the must-have items will make your winter months more enjoyable. You will be ready for the cold weather while avoiding major issues later on.