Be Prepared Purchase a snow shovel now so that you have it before winter weather arrives. Have rock salt/deicing agents on hand. Prepare an emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable food supplies, blankets and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget food for any pets! Double check the operation of smoke detectors, CO detectors and fire extinguishers.
Gutters and Downspouts Clear gutters and downspouts. Inspect, secure and repair any loose or leaking gutters. Install leaf guards to keep falling leaves and debris out of gutters. Trim back tree branches and shrubs from the home.
Doors and Windows Inspect doors and windows to ensure that there aren’t any gaps. Caulk or apply weatherstripping around problem areas. Install double paned windows or apply plastic film to increase energy efficiency.
Heating System Replace filters in your home’s HVAC system to increase efficiency. Test run your heating system in advance. Hire a certified technician to inspect and maintenance your furnace. Reverse ceiling fans so that they force warm air downwards.
Plumbing and Faucets Drain and turn off outdoor faucets and irrigation systems. Install insulating covers to exterior faucets. Inspect exposed plumbing (particularly in older homes) in areas like basements or crawl spaces that may not be insulated. Add pipe insulation as needed to prevent them from bursting. Consider adding a sump pump in basements that are prone to moisture.
Roofing, Chimneys and Decks Inspect your roof and replace any damaged shingles or flashing. Make sure your chimneys and wood stoves are cleaned early in the season. Give your deck a new coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.