The winter season is upon us again and it’s time to get our homes ready for the snow. Here are 10 tips to help you get ready for winter this year!

1.Check the Gutters

Be sure to clean out your gutters for blockage such as leaves, twigs, moss, or bird’s nests. This will allow for rainwater and snow melt to flow easily around the downspouts and prevent blockage that could cause potential roof damage. It is also a good time to consider any parts that need replacing.

 2. Prune your Perennials

Some perennials tend to do better in the spring when trimmed back in fall. Common plants such as Lavender, Peonies, Coneflowers, and Hostas benefit from being cut down. 

3. Prepare a Winter Storm Kit

Power outages and snow days often happen during the winter months, so take the time to prepare now. Having items such as Battery-powered flashlights, bottled water, extra blankets, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food items, and a portable charger make for a great kit. Visit Get Prepared for more info!

4. Protect Air Conditioner

Although it is built for the outdoors, to prevent future damage, having a cover over it can help. As well as a sheet of plywood held down by bricks. Any window units should be removed for winter.

5. Ready, Set, Shovel!

Check your snow shovel for cracks or loose screws. Place your snow shovel near your door or garage to make readily available when the first big snowfall hits. Prep your snow blower to be in good running order.

6. Store Seasonal Tools

Even if your tools are made to last, it is important to store them safely. Give yourself more space in the garage by storing seasonal tools and planters away. Leaving tools and planters out in the winter wears them out faster.

7. Check your Smoke Alarms & CO2 Detectors

During the holiday season we tend to cook more frequently and like to decorate with the warmth of candles. This is an excellent time to check the alarms and detectors are in good working order and replace the batteries. Always remember not to leave any fires unattended.

8. Check For Air Leaks

One of the easiest ways to save on heating bills is to check for gaps and cracks around windows and doors. Check around doors and windows for any openings bigger than a nickel. If necessary, use waterproof caulking to prevent rain or snow from leaking in. Another option is weather stripping which is available in a variety of grades and materials.

9. Inspect Wood-Burning Fireplace and Chimney

Before winter sets in, be sure to inspect for cold air leaks and other issues. Not to mention possible obstruction in the chimney such as nest, birds or small animals. Check out Black Magic Chimney Sweep for more information!

10. Test Your Well Water

This is a good time to have your well water tested for e-coli and coliforms. Read about testing well water here!

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