There are a bunch of different things that you’re going to want to get out of the way before the mercury starts to drop and cold weather really starts to set in. We’ve included ten of the most important home repair tips you’ll want to focus on below!
Load up on insulation
Unless you’re a big fan of throwing money right out the window (or burning it to stay warm), you’re going to want to make sure that your roof and walls are completely insulated. There’s a world of difference between a well-insulated home and a poorly insulated one, and you’ll notice it not only on your energy bill but also when your teeth are chattering (or not).
Get your heating system checked out
Regardless of the system that you used to heat your home, you’ll want to put it through its paces to make sure that it isn’t going to fail you in the middle of a cold snap. Schedule a fall maintenance inspection by the pros.
Upgrade your windows
Make sure that your windows are at the very least double-paned or glazed, giving you extra insulation properties. Fill any gaps that heat can leak out of as well.
Dig your snowblower out of storage
You don’t want to have to go searching for your snowblower AFTER it has started snowing. Make sure that it checks out mechanically, that you have enough fuel, and that it is easy to access so that when the snowy stuff starts coming down you’re ready.
Make sure that your roof is in top condition
Because roofs take the majority of the load after a snowfall, you’re going to need to know that yours is completely rock solid structurally and that there aren’t any places for snow to melt and leak in.
Clean out your gutters
If your gutters are filled with “gunk” they are going to freeze up and crack. They also run the risk of getting extremely heavy and snapping right off of the house. Clean them out.
Cut your lawn one last time
Unless you are wild about your lawn turning into a jungle come springtime, you’re going to want to give it one last “haircut” before the snow hits. Spring will be too wet to cut your lawn for a few weeks, and you want to be sure that you don’t have to clear-cut a meadow by the time things dry out.
Make sure that your sump pump is working correctly
Even if you don’t have any water in your basement right now, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a sump pump on hand and that it is working exactly as it should be. This will save you in the event of an emergency.
Bring in your outdoor furniture
The odds are pretty good that you aren’t going to be spending much time outdoors when the winter weather hits, so bring all of your outdoor furniture in and store it for the season. Call a junk removal service to haul out things you don’t want to have taking up space.
Finally, you’ll want to do a little bit of “Fall Cleaning” to get rid of stuff that you don’t need anymore. Because you’re going to be spending so much time inside, you don’t want to be tripping over everything. Junk Ninja can help with all your junk needs: old insulation, used furnace filters, old windows, broken shovels, damaged shingles, broken gutters, rusty lawn furniture, and more!