[VIDEO] Preparing Your Home for Winter 

This month we will review the most common things you should do this fall to prepare your home for winter. Some of these steps may require professional help. Call early, as calendars get full in the weeks leading up to winter.

Around the House

• Install storm windows and doors if you have them. Check the caulking and weather stripping, touching up where needed.

• Check gutters and clean them if necessary. Clogged gutters can result in flooded basements when the snow melts.

• Drain and shut off outdoor water faucets, and store away hoses. Have your sprinkler system winterized no later than the end of October.

• Hose off and cover the air conditioning unit. For window air conditioners, remove them and store for winter. If they can't be removed, then close the vents and cover with a waterproof cover.

• Have your heating system checked by a licensed professional. Most furnace manufacturers recommend at least annual inspections.

Outdoor Equipment

• Drain the gas from your lawnmower. This will prevent the fuel from going stale and damaging the fuel system.

• Service your snow blower, replacing spark plugs as well as the fuel and air filters. Also be sure to check your paddles and see if they are in need of replacement.

• Replace worn or broken snow shovels now – lots of stores sell out of shovels when the first big storm hits.

• Make sure you have fresh gas, sand and ice-melt on hand. You’ll be ready to go when old man winter blows into town!

Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

• Preparing your landscaping for winter is mostly a matter of cleaning out and covering up. Remove all annuals and vegetables, and trim back all perennials. Cover planting beds with a thick layer of mulch to protect plants and soil over the winter months.

• Clean and store outdoor furniture, bbq grills, gardening equipment and summers toys. If they must be left outside, cover them with waterproof covers.

Following these easy steps now will reduce the emergency maintenance needed through the winter, plus it will give you a jump start on spring chores!

Watch on Smead YouTube Channel: Preparing Your Home for Winter