Winter is a few short weeks away, and with it will come nasty snow, rain and cold. Now is the time to properly prepare your house and yard for the upcoming months. Whether it’s winterizing your cedar deck, cleaning up your garage or insulating your pipes, a few chores now will save you a world of hurt down the road. Here are a few tips for adequately preparing your house for winter:
1. Prep Your Deck
Rain, snow and decaying yard debris can mean certain death for any wood deck or patio. Make sure you remove all leaves and mud, move large chairs or furniture, and treat the wood with a proper sealant. If necessary, cover your cedar decking with a waterproof tarp.
2. Winterize Your Garage
There are a number of easy steps you can take to prepare your garage for winter. Move all paints and fluids indoors so they don’t freeze. Tighten all bolts and screws in garage door openers and make sure the moving parts are well-oiled. Also, make sure your washing machine doesn’t have any leaks that could freeze, burst and ruin the machine.
3. Protect Your Fence
Wind and snow are a threat to fences in the winter. To properly winterize your cedar privacy fence, make sure the wood is clean and the posts are sturdy. Check all overhanging tree branches to make sure they won’t break and fall in a wind or snowstorm. Also, remove any climbing vines that are starting to take over your wood fence.
4. Prep Your Pipes
This is essential, especially if you live in a very cold area. Wrapping and insulating your pipes will prevent them from freezing and bursting during cold spells, which can be a dangerous and expensive winter problem to have.
5. Cover Your Windows
Covering your windows with at-home plastic window covering kits is a cheap, easy way to keep out the cold drafts and lower your heating and electric bills.
6. Clean Your Gutters
Make sure you get all the dead leaves and debris out of the gutters before the rain and snow really start to fall. Having free-flowing gutters will prevent water buildup and will keep your roof in better condition for longer.
This may not be the most fun you’ve had around the house, but following these simple tips will properly prepare your home for the cold winter months to come.