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The homeowner’s checklist for fall Is your property ready for the cold weather ahead?

The homeowner’s checklist for fall Is your property ready for the cold weather ahead?

Before the cold weather sets in, make sure your home is winter-ready. Be sure to check these important tasks off your list. 

  • Clear leaves and debris from your eavestroughs to avoid clogging
  • Winterize landscaping and remove leaves your lawn, as this can lead to rotting in the spring
  • Drain and shut off all outdoor water supplies, including garden hoses, sprinkler systems and outdoor taps
  • Seal your doors and windows with caulking or weather stripping to limit the amount of cold air that comes and hot air that can escape
  • Clean and cover your air conditioning unit to protect it from snow and ice. This will help to increase the lifespan of your unit
  • Clean and inspect your furnace, gas fireplace and dryer vents to avoid fires when the heat is turned on in the winter. And, don’t forget to replace old filters
  • Cover your outdoor equipment and patio furniture to protect it from the elements
  • If you have a working fireplace, clean and inspect your chimney before the first use of the season
  • Seal cracks in your driveway to prevent water from seeping in, freezing and expanding
  • Test your snowblower and other winter equipment in advance
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and test them to ensure they are working properly
  • Check your fire extinguishers and replace them if they’ve expired


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