With cooler weather upon us, you may want to make sure your home is sealed up tight and ready for winter. It’s much easier to tackle these tasks now, rather than wait to do them in the rain or snow.

  1. If you don't have storm windows, check the window seals for leaks and reseal them if necessary. If you have seasonal storm windows, install them now!

  2. Shut off all outside water faucets or garden hose connections. Drain hoses then store them in the garage.

  3. Check your home’s eaves for stains, which can indicate leaks. If you find any stains, contact a roof repair contractor quickly, so he or she can make any necessary repairs before winter.

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  4. Clean any overgrown vegetation around your house or other buildings and give your lawn one last cut before cleaning and storing your lawn mower.

  5. Clean out your grill and firepit. Cover up or store any outdoor furniture, so it’s out of the elements and stays nice for next year.

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  6. Call a professional to check your fireplace – especially if you plan to use it during the winter. Nothing is worse than smoking up your home when the weather is cold because your fireplace flue wasn’t clean.

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  7. If your area gets snow, test your snowblower and have it serviced to make sure it’s ready to be used.

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