Lee’s 10 Home Winterizing Tips

Use my handy check list to keep your house in peak condition this season and eliminate winter surprises.

Slate roof

1. Make sure your roof is in good shape. For safety’s sake, have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof. I always like to have a moss preventative applied.

2. Weather-strip your exterior doors and your garage doors. This helps prevent winter drafts and keeps small animals out of your garage.

3. Drain garden hoses, wrap nicely and store inside. Also shut off outdoor water valves in very cold weather. Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand, and break the pipes. Drain any irrigation systems.

4. After leaves have fallen, clean out your gutters and downspouts.

5. Check the air filter in your furnace and possibly replace it.

6. Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced on a regular basis.

7. Prepare yard equipment for storage. Oil and sharpen your garden tools before you store them for winter.


8. Clean your dryer vent regularly.

9. Test and change the batteries in your smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Keep extra household batteries on hand.

10. Now is the time to be thinking of those major decorating or renovating projects that you would like to do this upcoming year. Establish budgets, set dates, and start booking your contractor. And remember, solid craftsmanship and thoughtful design is what gives a home its soul!

Happy Holidays and good luck winterizing your home!

Let me know if you need a hand,



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Gene Seklov

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

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