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Winterize Your Home: Expert Tips for a Cozy and Stress-Free Season

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October 25, 2023

When I bought my first house in 2011, I truly wish it would have come with a checklist of things I needed to do each year, and during each season. As with most things, I learned by doing (and failing!). Sometimes this was frustrating, and other times this was expensive. In an effort to help us save our money and our minds, I’ve put together a checklist of essential tasks to ensure your home stays warm, safe, and comfortable throughout the winter months. Winterizing your house is not just about keeping the cold out; it’s also about protecting your home from potential damage. So grab a cup of cocoa and let’s dive into how to winterize your home!

1. Clean Gutters

First on our winterizing checklist is cleaning those gutters. It might not be the most glamorous task, but it’s crucial. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams, which can cause water to seep into your home and damage your roof. So get up there, remove leaves and debris, and make sure water flows freely.

2. Detach Hoses

Don’t forget to disconnect your garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving them attached can lead to frozen and burst pipes. Drain the hoses and store them inside your garage or basement. As an added layer of caution, remove the nozzle from the hose. If you leave it attached (and leave it outside) you won’t be able to remove it in the future.

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3. Move Patio Furniture Inside (or Cover)

Your outdoor furniture deserves some TLC too. Store it inside your garage or shed, or use weather-resistant covers to protect it from the harsh winter elements. This will extend the life of your furniture and save you money in the long run. I bought these duck covers for my chaise lounges and they’ve held up in the elements for several years. Far worth the investment to protect the furniture!

4. Move Plants Inside

Bring your potted plants indoors before the first frost hits. The cold can damage or kill delicate plants, so find a sunny spot for them inside your home to thrive during the winter.

5. Calling All Grillers

If you’re a year-round griller, make sure to disconnect the propane tank and store it in a safe, dry place. Cover your grill to protect it from snow and moisture, which can cause rust and damage.

6. Move Flower Pots Inside

Oops, here’s a lesson I learned the hard way – don’t leave ceramic pots outside during winter! They can crack and break when water freezes inside them. Take them indoors, and your plants will thank you.

7. Service the HVAC

Before the deep freeze sets in, it’s essential to have your heating system checked and serviced. A well-maintained HVAC system will run efficiently and keep your home cozy without skyrocketing energy bills.

8. Close the Pool

For those lucky enough to have a pool, it’s time to close it for the season. Clean and cover it to prevent damage from freezing temperatures. Blow the air out of the pipes, and add the necessary chemicals for your pool type and size to ensure an easy opening come spring time.

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9. Deadwood Your Trees

Dead limbs on trees can become brittle in cold weather and pose a risk to your property. Hire a professional arborist to remove deadwood to keep your home safe from falling branches.

10. Inspect the Roof

Give your roof a once-over to check for any loose or damaged shingles. A small repair now can save you from costly leaks later.

11. Close Any Vents

Close any vents or openings around your home’s foundation to keep cold air out. This will also help with energy efficiency.

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12. Inspect the Chimney

If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, have your chimney inspected and cleaned. A clean chimney is not only safer but also more efficient. To be on the safe side, it’s best to hire this job out to a professional.

13. Seal Any Gaps (Doors, Windows, etc.)

Inspect doors and windows for drafts. Seal any gaps with weatherstripping or caulking to keep warm air in and cold air out. This will save on your heating bills and keep your home more comfortable.

14. Cut Flowers Back

Finally, don’t forget your garden. Cut back dead or frost-damaged flowers and plants to encourage healthy growth in the spring.

By tackling these tasks, you’ll ensure your home is ready to face the challenges of winter head-on. Not only will you enjoy a warm and cozy atmosphere inside, but you’ll also protect your investment by preventing potential damage. So grab your checklist, gather your supplies, and let’s make this winter a breeze!

Stay tuned for more DIY tips and home renovation inspiration. And in the meantime, Stay warm, friends!

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