My Plans to Get Our Home Ready for a Long Winter

It’s getting a little colder as summer has moved into fall. I love the festive season, and I can’t wait for all the holidays coming up. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. But before any of those happen, I want to make sure my home is ready for the colder weather. Fall and winter can have some damaging effects on your house, so I like to get ready every year. There can be a lot to do, so starting early is a must for me. I can do most of it myself because there are a lot of easy jobs. But sometimes I need to get a professional in to help! Here are my top tasks to complete before and during fall and winter.

snow on a blue house

Amy Aletheia Cahill

Check Your Roof

Bad weather can do terrible things to your roof. Rain, wind, snow and ice can cause damage that reverberates through your home. I always make sure to check my roof regularly to see if there’s any damage. And I get it fixed as soon as I can, although it’s a job that I leave up to a professional roofing contractor. I try to prevent damage too by protecting my roof, which involves several things. Keeping the gutters clean helps water to drain, and I attempt to keep the roof free of snow, leaves or other debris. I check the roof in the fall and then again when spring arrives to make sure everything is in good condition.

Fix Your Heat and Air-conditioning

I need to keep my family warm during the winter, so I always check the heating system before it’s time to turn it on. It’s a good time to get someone to come out and do a maintenance check on the boiler, and I also have a look at some of the pipes to make sure they’re insulated. It might seem an odd time to check up on the air-conditioning, but we have been using it all summer. It can be cheaper if I want to have someone come out and look at it, and it’s also a great time to consider AC installation. But if you have window units, you should be putting them away for the winter. Alternatively, you can cover them with an insulated cover.

Replace and Repair Weather Stripping

I always go around the windows and exterior doors to check up on the weather stripping. It stops water and drafts getting into the house, so it needs to be in good condition. If it’s starting to wear away, I can easily touch it up or even remove it and replace it completely.

Clean the Chimney

I love using an open fire in the winter, but keeping the chimney clean is a hassle. However, if I don’t do it, there’s a risk of a house fire. And not the nice kind! Creosote builds up in the chimney, and you can get other things down it too, from birds nests to dead animals. Since it’s a pretty big job, I prefer to have a professional chimney sweep come and do this for me.

There’s a lot to do to get ready for winter, but I enjoy getting the house in order. Once everything is all set, I can start planning for the holidays.

1 Comment so far
Leave a comment

[…] Fancy doing up your home before Christmas but worried you can’t afford it? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. While I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a master of budget home designing, over the years I have picked up some great tips. So, read on as I share them with you – and you never know, you might be inspired to make some changes just in time for the holiday season. […]

TrackBack URI

Leave a comment



All content © 2008 Domestic Vixen
Blog design by Splendid Sparrow