All set to spend more time indoors as the temperature drops? Before you get cozy this winter season, there are a few things to take care of around the house to keep your home in top shape. Here’s a handy winter maintenance checklist for what you should look for, both inside and out.
Make time spent indoors even better with these maintenance tips:
- Check your windows. See any condensation? Make a note of it and consider having your windows repaired in the spring.
- Ensure the sump pump works. Pour water into your sump pump to check it’s working effectively.
- Dust all over. Brush away any cobwebs from ceilings, stairs, nooks and crannies.
- Clean up in the kitchen. Clean exhaust fans and filters that can pose a fire hazard when grease builds up.
- Freshen up the doorway. To prepare for winter boots, replace lighter doormats and entryway mats with heavier, waterproof (and festive!) mats.
- Make your space cozy. Bring winter duvets, blankets and clothing out of storage to add warmth.
Check these items off your to-do list now, so your home is in good shape come springtime:
- Find your winter tools. It’s time to get your snow shovel, salt or sand out of storage for easy access.
- Clear walkways and driveways. Prevent slips and falls by keeping your property free of snow and ice.
- Inspect the gutters. Check for any ice buildup to ensure that gutters don’t crack or break.
- Monitor your home when snow and ice melt. Look for large icicles on your home’s exterior that could pose a hazard and safely remove them, if possible.
- Keep an eye on the roof. Are there any large, dry patches peeking through the snow? If other areas of the roof are covered in snow, this could indicate heat loss and you’ll want to have your roof inspected in the spring.
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