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The Homeowner’s Checklist for Fall

Before the cold weather sets in, make sure your home is winter-ready. Be sure to check these important tasks off your list.

  • Clear leaves and debris from your eavestroughs to avoid clogging
  • Winterize landscaping and remove leaves your lawn, as this can lead to rotting in the spring
  • Drain and shut off all outdoor water supplies, including garden hoses, sprinkler systems and outdoor taps
  • Seal your doors and windows with caulking or weather stripping to limit the amount of cold air that comes and hot air that can escape
  • Clean and cover your air conditioning unit to protect it from snow and ice. This will help to increase the lifespan of your unit
  • Clean and inspect your furnace, gas fireplace and dryer vents to avoid fires when the heat is turned on in the winter. And, don’t forget to replace old filters
  • Cover your outdoor equipment and patio furniture to protect it from the elements
  • If you have a working fireplace, clean and inspect your chimney before the first use of the season
  • Seal cracks in your driveway to prevent water from seeping in, freezing and expanding
  • Test your snowblower and other winter equipment in advance
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and test them to ensure they are working properly
  • Check your fire extinguishers and replace them if they’ve expired

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