In the fall, homeowners are closing down summer’s outdoor landscape, decorative, and comfort items to protect them from the upcoming harsh seasons. In the winter, the wind blows harder than during any other time of the year. Freezing water can break apart concrete and metal pipes, gutters, and downspouts. The freeze / thaw cycle is also damaging - and is worse in some areas rather than in others. Your home and its possessions can be protected by following a few guidelines. Our recommendation is that our system is a starting point for the development of a customized checklist that will be used for your specific home for many years to come.
Summer’s fun by way of the swimming pool will need to be closed down so that its enjoyment can safely resume the following year.
No matter when you choose to close down the barbecue, a yearly cleaning, maintenance, and storage schedule will prolong your barbecue’s lifespan.
Weeding and tilling the garden for the winter months helps to ensure the ground will be ready for preparations during the following spring. Some homeowners, however, have planned perennial areas that will not need to be tilled or reseeded for next year.
Gather up various summertime items, clean and store them.
Prepare exterior water faucets and spigots for the upcoming cold months.
Prepare during these months for upcoming icy weather and keep in mind that many severe personal and vehicular accidents are caused by ice.
If a home is in a region that tends to have a lot of ice and snow, ice guards and perhaps a roof ice melting system may be an appropriate improvement for the upcoming winter.
Drafty doors and windows are typically the biggest culprits with regard to a home’s heating system overrunning.
Repair your driveway before it needs to be replaced.
Up-keeping the roof is an important safeguard against hidden water damage.
Often overlooked, a chimney also requires regular maintenance to prepare for the new warming season.
Exterior brick surfaces on any façade of the home should be cleaned with a pressure-washer and then tuckpointed where grout has broken out and crumbled.
Take time to walk around the perimeter of your home in particular after it rains to see if there are any areas where there is standing water.
Gutters and downspouts direct water away from the home.
Garages characteristically gather stored items that can always be better organized.
Fundamental household items such as exterior trash containers could be concealed by building a new outdoor structure to house them.
The months leading up to winter are a key landscaping season.
When the projects go beyond DIY, hiring professionals is a safe choice.
Remember “safety first” for all projects whether small or large.
As always, consider sustainability when planning and purchasing materials for each project.
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