Preparing Your Home for Winter

As the temperatures dip and you get ready to hunker down for winter, take time to prepare your home and protect your investment from winter’s cold, snow, and ice.

Check out this winterizing checklist to get your house ready before the winter chill arrives.

Clean out the gutters and remove leaves and debris from roofs to prevent water and ice build-up. Inspect the roof for issues that could cause leaks. Check for other signs of wear and tear to your home’s exterior.

Trim tree branches to reduce the risk of branches falling during a winter storm.

Inspect your fireplace, both interiorly and exteriorly. Have your fireplace cleaned before cozying up by the fire. Make sure to order plenty of firewood and store in a covered location.

Practice fire safety. Gathering around the fireplace, lighting scented candles, or baking holiday cookies all increase your home’s fire risk. Check fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. Review your family’s fire escape plan.

Insulate windows and doors to prevent against winter drafts that drive up your home’s energy bill.

Replace your furnace filter to ensure it is running efficiently.

Winterize pipes and outdoor faucets to prevent frozen and burst pipes.

Prepare for snow removal. Have snow shovels and sidewalk salt easily accessible. If you have a snowblower, test it now to make sure you have time for any repairs before snow arrives. Keeping your driveway and walkways clear protects your family and neighbors from slips and falls.

These tips can help reduce your home’s insurance risks, lower energy and repair costs, and will give you peace of mind as you enjoy your safe and warm home!

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