How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

  1. Seal Your Masonry and Hard Surfaces.
  2. Check Your Drainage.
  3. Clean Your Gutters.
  4. Clean Your Chimney and Order Firewood.
  5. Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors (Especially If You Didn’t in the Fall.)
  6. Shut Down the Pool and the Sprinkler System and Drain Outside Faucets.
  7. Tune Up Your Heating System.
  8. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans.
  9. Caulk Around Windows and Doors.
  10. Turn Off Exterior Faucets.
  11. Drain Your Lawn-Irrigation System.
  12. Mulch Leaves When You Mow.
  13. Prepare to Stow Your Mower.
  14. Don’t Prune Trees or Shrubs Until Late-Winter.
  15. Restock Winter Essentials.
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