If you know what spring cleaning signifies, you most likely have some notion what it means to winterize your home. Autumn means wintertime is around the corner, and you should use the opportunity to make sure that your house is ready for it. Throughout fall it is actually easier to inspect the outside of the home, since the foliage is dying away and you can more easily see if shrubs are attached to the house. Clean out roots and vines clinging to the siding, otherwise they may cause damage - even bricks are vulnerable.
When they are no longer needed to do any watering, the garden hose should all be emptied and rolled up to be set into storage for the winter. The water source to faucets outside the house should be cut, after which these can dry out. Get the garden furniture cleaned up and stored someplace dry, once you are done using it till the following year. In case you have any trees that are still developing, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. All water drainage ditches really should be cleared so they can cope with any heavy rains.
As soon as the weather starts to get colder, it is time to start looking at fireplaces. Chimney sweeps are in high demand wih the very first cold spell, so avoid the queue and get in early. You never know how the availability of firewood will be, so if you are going to need some, try and locate some in plenty of time. Should you find yourself in a rural area, look out for local residents selling firewood without advertising. No matter if you make use of a fireplace during the winter, you should check all of your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Many people leave Christmas time lights up all year, and the cords should be checked for flexibility. And right now is the time for you to get the storm windows installed. Weather-stripping dries out with the scorching temperatures, so they may well all need to be replaced.
Establish the effective working order of the stove hood filters, since during winter the windows are mostly closed. Look at the dirt around your home to make sure that it still slopes away. In case water happens to drain into the basement, or the foundation, that can be bad news for your house. First and foremost it brings about wet rot, which could convert to dry rot after some time, which you sincerely want to do without. Make a point of verifying, at regular time intervals, that water is not seeping into your home.
It is apparently unavoidable that water leaks come, and the most likely places are the roof, the gutter and down-spouts, and the inside plumbing. If you locate some leaks, you should obviously get them fixed. You need to cover up the air-conditioning equipment to prevent drafts, while, particularly with older homes, it is worth cladding the exterior pipes. Dust is more quickly detected in winter months, so shampooing the carpets is recommended. End by just cleaning the house windows.