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October 2017

3 steps for getting your house ready for winter

It's October, which means beautiful fall foliage and chilly nights cozied up on the couch. After the unusual heat wave we just had, we're all feeling very ready for some cold weather. But is your house ready? Here's how to prepare your house for winter.
 

1. Keep water away

Water can cause a lot of damage, especially with the freezing and thawing of winter. Disconnect and drain your hoses, and then store them away in a warm place. Water expands when it freezes, meaning it can cause even the hardest material to burst. Inspect your asphalt or paver driveway, your foundations and the exterior cladding on your house. If you find any cracks, plug them up before winter sets in. If you have an automatic sprinkler system on your lawn, drain the pipes and protect any sprinkler heads located near snow-clearing areas.
 

2. Protect up above

 
Look up and admire your roof, your eavestroughs, and your chimney. These are three essential parts of any house, but we all sometimes forget to give them the attention they deserve. Once the leaves fall from the trees, empty your eavestroughs. You definitely don't want to let these leaves pile up and freeze. Call an expert to inspect your roof, including the weatherstripping, especially if your roof is starting to get old. And make sure to get your chimney swept if you plan on using your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
 


3. Safety at all times

 
As the days start to get shorter, proper lighting will help prevent accidents. You can buy low-voltage landscaping light bulbs that make your property safer and also make your home look a little nicer. If you plan on being away for a little while during the winter, ask someone you trust to look after your home. This will make it look like your house is occupied, which will make your insurance company happy.
 
Winter is always better when you don't have to worry about anything. Set aside some time to take care of your property before the first snowfall—you'll be thankful you did!
 
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