The air is getting cooler, leaves are falling, and there is pumpkin, well pretty much everywhere. Fall has fallen upon us and while you’re enjoying a nice hot cup of cocoa in front of a fire, it is the perfect time to think about some exterior home improvements to make before winter bestows cold, ice, and snow upon us. Below you will find some tips on how to make your home ready for winter.
Windows- Check your windows for any leaks and drafts, then seal them up with a strong weather stripping for proper insulation. Also, make sure window glass is energy efficient. If windows are beyond repair, consider replacing them, to ensure lower heating bills during the winter months.
Gutters- Clean leaves and gunk out of gutters to prevent clogging and freezing during the snowy weather. During cleaning, be sure to check for any rust or erosion. Gutters should be securely attached and sloped, ensuring proper drainage.
Roof- Evaluate your roof for any missing or loose shingles, also check for any algae or mold growth. If the roof is real wood shingled check for any splitting of the wood. Don’t forget to see if the chimney is leaning, cracking, or missing chunks.
Doors- To help keep drafty cold air out of your home place weather stripping around the door. Observe the door from the inside, of the home, for any obvious signs of an opening that would need sealed up.
Landscaping- Remove dead leaves and underbrush before the winter weather blows in. Trim back trees and bushes around your home. Mow the lawn one last time to prevent matting under the snow. Fall is a great time to plant your bulbs for spring’s bloom.
Fall is the time to update and improve your home quality of insulation and repair, to not only lower heating cost but also to make your home snug and warm as the temperatures drop.