5 Steps For Preparing Your Home For Winter
Winters in Massachusetts can be especially cold and snowy. It’s important to prepare your home for the challenging weather we often experience in the colder months to help prevent damage to your home. Here are five items we recommend adding to your winter preparation checklist:
Clean your gutters
New England autumn foliage is a sight to behold. The vibrant colors changing leaves attract leaf peepers from all around. Soon after the leaves change colors, they begin to fall. These falling leaves can clog the gutters around your home. Be sure to clean out the gutters or hire a reliable professional to complete this project for you. Neglected gutters can fill up with water and ice in the winter time, potentially causing damage to your roof, siding, and the gutters themselves.
Perform heating system maintenance
We’ve all been there -- a Nor’Easter or cold snap comes through and the heat fails. Help prevent this from happening to your family this winter by making sure your heating system maintenance is completed before the start of winter. For my family, this means having a technician clean our furnace, filling our oil tank, and scheduling future oil deliveries.
Shut off external water
Whether you have a pool, a sprinkler system, or a standard garden hose, be sure to have your external water systems properly winterized before the season sets in. Burst pipes are huge headaches and can be quite expensive to repair.
Prepare for snow removal
Ensure you have shovels and proper attire for removing snow. If you’ve already invested in a snow blower, ensure that it’s recently been serviced so that there are no hiccups in the winter time. Brush up on safety tips for the snow blower and remember to turn it completely off (including the auger) in the event that it clogs or stops working properly.
Check your trees
Heavy sleet or snow, freezing temperatures, and high winds can cause trees to fall over onto your home or other structures on your property. You do not want them falling on your home. Be sure to consult an arborist for any trees that you believe could be problematic.