26 Sep 2018 Autumn Maintenance For a Hassle-Free Winter
The weather is finally cooling off and autumn feels like it’s truly here! That means a lot of our favorite things are just around the corner— playing in the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and a warm fire in the fireplace. There is one thing, however, that we’re not looking forward to: winter-prep maintenance work. The unfortunate truth is, no matter how much we drag our feet, we know it has to be done.
We don’t know about you, but sometimes just getting organized and making a list can make tackling any task a little bit easier, and that’s just what we’ve done! We’ve done the heavy lifting for you— all you have to do is give this blog a quick scan, and you’ll be on your way to preparing your home for the winter. We did a little research and have compiled a list of the most important things to get done before the first freeze, and some handy tips on how to do them right!
- Prepare your roof: We suggest hiring a professional to do this. They can check out your roof and make any necessary fixes. If your roof is in bad shape, heavy snow, rain, and ice will only make any cracks or openings worse and water will be bound to leak inside your home.
- Clean gutters: Winter is always a wet and snowy time here in New England, and having a functioning drainage system is imperative. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and that water is draining properly and not pooling anywhere around the foundation of your home. This will prevent flooding during the winter and spring months.
- Winter-ify doors and windows: Switch out your summer screen door with a storm door and make sure you do a once over on all your window and door frames. Any cracks or openings will let in cold air and should be fixed ASAP.
- Clean that chimney: A common cause of wintertime house fires is a hearth fire gone out of control. A dirty chimney can add to this risk, so make sure you have a professional come inspect and clean it before you light the fire of the season.
- Cut hazardous branches: Make sure you scan the trees in your yard for low-hanging and dead branches, especially those that are close to your home. Heavy snow and wind can bring down these weaker branches and potentially damage your windows or roof should they fall in the wrong spot. Have any shifty-looking branches cut down before the weather starts to get winter-y.
- Remove garden hoses: Hoses left attached can actually cause water to back up in the plumbing pipes in your exterior walls. This can mean trouble when temperatures hit freezing— when water freezes, it expands and can actually crack your pipes. Our best suggestion is to detach all your garden hoses, drain them out and store them somewhere safe for the winter.
- Review your Massachusetts homeowner’s insurance policy: Winter can be a crazy time of year and can wreak some real havoc on your home. Review your insurance sooner rather than later; this way, you’ll not only have peace of mind, but you’ll be prepared in the event winter does take an unforeseen toll on your home.
Hopefully, this quick list makes the task of preparing your home for the winter a bit less daunting. It’s only September, so you’ve got plenty of time to get it done, but we suggest you start early! Consider choosing one task to complete each weekend and spreading out the hard work to make it a bit less of a burden. Relax and take a deep breath— you’ve got this!