We have finally made it to November, which means Christmas tunes, colder weather, lazy days spent at home with the family, and the most hectic holiday season of the year! This also means you need to get your home ready for the next few crazy months. If you’re like me, you can’t wait for the snow to hit the ground, but before you can grab a cup of hot cocoa and cuddle up by the fireplace, here are a few things we recommend doing to help prepare your home for the winter elements:
1. Gutter Check
It’s always a good idea to take some time to check and clear out your gutters of all debris that has collected there throughout the year. Leaves and trash hold water and can clog your gutters. Cleaning these out will help you avoid drainage issues and potential foundation damage for the months to come.
The month of November is when we really start to witness temperature drops settling in. Before this becomes a real issue, we recommend cleaning all of your summer tools and storing them away for the winter. You should also drain all of your outdoor faucets and clear out your sprinkler system. Any water leftover in your pipes could freeze and cause them to burst. While you are in the process of doing all of this, it would be a good idea to check your windows for any drafts. If you find any, use caulking to seal any leaks and save yourself from a large energy bill.
3. Restock Winter Supplies
Before the first snow falls, check all of your winter essentials to make sure you have what you need when you need it. Things you should check for are ice melt, shovels, an operational snow-blower (if you need one) and of course, proper attire to do the job without suffering from frostbite.
4. Reverse Ceiling Fans
This is a simple task that few people actually take advantage of. If your ceiling fans have a reverse switch, it will create an updraft and force warm air down into the room. This will help you stay cozy and also save you some cash on your energy bill by not running your heat to the max.
5. Refresh Your Interior
Once you are finished with all of your outdoor checks, take some time to clean up the inside of your home. Try changing out your window treatments, throw in some new decorative pillows and some seasonal adornments to give your home a new look and get it ready for the holidays. There are always new trends in home decoration every year so you will have plenty of options to choose from.
Use this guide to help prepare you and your home for the winter season. Let us know your favorite tips to get your home ready for the next few months!