The arrival of fall means change is on the way. As the leaves begin to change and eventually fall, it’s important to take in the beauty of a New England autumn and the many activities it offers. It is also important to prepare for the cold months to follow and be sure your home is ready to brace the harsh conditions of winter. Below are simple steps you can take to make sure you and your home are ready for winter.
Outside Your Home:
Starting on the exterior of your home, visually check for any clear issues. As winter approaches, the outdoor temperatures plummet. Inspect the roof of your home, locate any damaged or missing shingles, and be sure to clear your gutters of any debris. You should also check for any cracks on the doors and window sills and caulk them to prevent drafting. Taking these steps will optimize the performance of your home, and keep you warm during the cold winter months.
Inside Your Home:
Preparing the inside of your home is just as important as the exterior. There are certain responsibilities a homeowner should complete before the winter months, such as cleaning the fireplace and sweeping the chimney. You should also have the heating system of your home checked and tested by a trained professional. These simple yet crucial steps will keep you and your family safe. It’s also recommended that you take the time to deep clean your home, declutter any “junk drawers” or storage rooms, and ensure you're happy with the cleanliness and organization of your home as winter approaches.
Being proactive and thinking about your lawn in the fall will help make your property look that much better, come springtime. Planting spring bulbs, shrubs, and trees in the fall will kickstart your spring landscaping efforts. Take this time to do any last-minute lawn maintenance, such as branch trimming or seeding & fertilizing your grass. These simple maintenance tips will have your home looking its best, all while keeping you busy outdoors before the snow starts to fall.