Preparing Your Home for Winter
Winter is quickly approaching, and there are many things to be done to prep your home for winter. No need to worry, Lifestyle Homes has a few items you may have forgotten to add to your list to get you through the snowy season!
Get Your Air Conditioner and Heater Checked
When it comes to your heater and A/C, most systems can last up to 15 years. These can either die out quickly or last beyond their years depending on how well they are maintained. Before it gets too chilly, make sure to check and replace your filters. You would much rather find a problem when temperatures are starting to cool down, than in the dead of winter.
Seal Any Exterior Wood
Before the rain and snow start coming down, it is best to check your wood panels, decks, and other exterior wood to make sure that it is sealed to prevent rotting. This step can be done with or without the help of a professional. However, if you notice that the wood has already begun to rot, call a professional to come out and replace it. To save time and money, take some time out to go around your home and check the paint and caulking.
Don’t forget your deck! The easiest way to check your deck is to pour water on it. If the water beads up, the deck is sealed and ready for winter, if the water absorbs into the wood, it’s time to reseal.
Drain Your Pool and Shut Down Your Sprinkler System
The best time to get your pool inspected and checked is during the fall to ensure that everything is working properly, so come spring and summer you don’t have any issues setting up your pool. Regarding your sprinkler system, make sure that you have disconnected exterior hoses to prevent freezing or bursting.
Prepare Your Lawn for Winter
Everyone loves a beautiful, green lawn. To achieve this, you must start preparing in the fall. Your grass becomes dormant during the winter, so if you notice brown patches or minimal growth, don’t fret. You will want to start by laying down all of your seeds during the fall, this gives them the entire winter season to find their place and begin the sprouting process.
Keep Critters Out
Small animals and birds are going to be looking for a home for the winter months, and that home could be your attic. To prevent animals from making your home their new nesting grounds, trim your trees and check to see that your vents are intact.
Cover Up Your Outdoor Furniture
It is recommended that you pack up your outdoor furniture for the winter, on a clear, warm day. You don’t want to trap in any moisture or else you may uncover moldy patio furniture come springtime.
Prepare for the Snow
Now is the time to get your shovel and snowblower. You’ll want to do a test run on your snowblower to make sure that it is in good working condition. If you are able to shovel your driveway quickly, ice shouldn’t be an issue. And for those who aren’t able to shovel their driveway right away, we suggest using a salt-free de-icer!
Contact Lifestyle Homes
We hope these tips come in handy for preparing your home for the winter. If you have any questions about our models, give us a call for availability and more information.