Living in Your Home December 9, 2021

Home Winter Preparation Tips

Originally published Dec 09, 2021

Time To Prepare!

The winter season officially hits on the calendar very soon. So, it’s time to prepare your home for the weather ahead. A few simple steps, most of which you can do yourself, will save you money and protect your property. Here is our annual list:


Who doesn’t like saving money?



  • Have your furnace inspected – your local fuel company offers this service annually and it is well worth the expense to ensure everything is in good working order.


  • Check your roof – take a close look for damaged or missing shingles before the bad weather. It will be easier to get them repaired now than after you have a leak!


  • Caulk around windows and doors to save on your heating bill.


  • Reverse your ceiling fans – if you have ceiling fans in your home, most have a reverse switch. The fan’s blade should be set to run in a clockwise direction during the winter months.


  • Clean your gutters to prevent leaks and ice dams during winter storms.


  • Make sure downspouts are clear and diverted at least 3-4 feet from your home’s foundation.


  • Turn off exterior faucets, drain water from the pipes and turn off the shut-off valve inside your home if you do not have frost proof faucets.


  • Call a professional to drain your lawn sprinkler system.


  • Test your sump pump to be sure it is in working order.


  • Have your chimney and vents cleaned for the season.



  • Winterize your mower and get out your snowblower to make sure it is operating properly.


  • Stock up on your winter essentials – do you need a new shovel? rock salt? Get them now while the stores have them in stock.


Now your home is well prepared for whatever winter may bring!