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6 things to get your home ready for winter

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 at least start to think about it. You know what that means… cleaning out the garage AND clean up the yard of all junk and debris – yes that includes the gutters.

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. If you can’t see light through your filter when you hold it up to the light, you need a new one.

3. Unscrew the Hoses
Set a reminder for yourself to drain and unscrew your hoses to avoid freezing of those pipes!

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. 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. Don’t forget 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.

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