We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but what about winter prepping? With winter just around the corner (time flies when you’re having fun) now is a good time to begin thinking about what you need to do to prep your home for winter. Don’t wait until the first snowfall and get surprised when your BBQ is buried in snow!
Here are 6 things to get a head start on prepping your home for winter:
1. Start Putting Away Outdoor Furniture
Even though we have a few warm nights left, I like to start putting away my patio furniture, outdoor rugs and cushions ahead of time to avoid them getting drenched or dirty. Or at least start to think about it. Sticking your outdoor furniture in the garage ultimately means, yes, cleaning out the garage too AND cleaning up the yard of all junk and debris – including the gutters. This step may have just turned into three.
2. Change the Furnace Filters
If you have furnace filters in your home, remembering to change these frequently is important, especially before you start using that rusty old heater again. Try looking through it next to a window with natural light. If you can’t see light through your filter when you hold it up to the light, you need a new one. You can find these for fairly cheap at any department store, home store, or online.
3. Unscrew the Hoses
Set a reminder for yourself to drain and unscrew your hoses to avoid freezing of the pipes! Your garden probably won’t need to be watered as frequently anyway, and with the frost coming, you may need to tend to your garden as well so they can make it to next season.
4. Prep for your Animals
This may or may not apply to you, but if you have animals, a barn, or something of that sort – you have some major prepping to get done. An employee of ours has a ranch with cows, horses, goats, turkeys, dogs, and chickens. She told us, “It can get really muddy and yucky during the winter time. Once winter comes, it’s too cold to be spending time building and fixing structures.” So starting in September, they stock up on hay for the winter and lay lots of gravel down to not track so much mud (which is great for all yards). Also, make sure all the roofs in the coops and horse stalls are secure and ready with on leaks. Makes sure the feeders are secure and ready, too.
5. Fix Leaks
Speaking of fixing leaks, make sure that your home’s roof is also secure from leaks. A slow leak can actually do more damage to your walls and ceiling than a fast, flood-like leak. You may also want to close your air ducts and install weather-stripping where needed.
6. Stock Up and Save
In general, you should always have an emergency stock of food, supplies, and funds – for any time of the year! Make sure you check on these stocks to make sure everything you have saved up can still prepare you for an emergency of any kind. Don’t forget things like firewood, snow shovels, salt or ice melt, canned food and water.