Everybody has heard about spring cleaning, but hardly any people know what it means to winterize your home. It's a good plan every fall, to examine the house and see if it is prepared to get through another winter. Throughout fall it is actually easier to inspect the outside of the home, since the foliage is dying away and you can more easily see if shrubs are attached to the house. Clean away roots and vines clinging to the siding, if not they may cause damage - even bricks are vulnerable.
Should they be no longer needed to do any watering, the hose should all be emptied and rolled up to be placed into storage for the winter. The water resource to faucets outside the house should be cut, after which these can dry out. When you believe that you won't make use of the garden furniture again that year, get it cleaned and stored in a dry place. In case you have any trees that happen to be still young, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. All drainage ditches really should be cleared so that they can cope with any heavy rains.
Fireplaces spring to mind once the weather starts off getting colder. Get your chimney swept in time, before the first cold spell, because that's usually when everyone wakes up and wants it done. Who knows how the supply of firewood will be, so if you are going to need some, make an effort to locate some in plenty of time. When cruising around rural areas, you may find local people who sell fire wood, without lots of advertising. Whether or not you employ a fireplace during the winter, you should check all of your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Many people leave holiday lights up all year, and the cables should be checked for flexibility. If you usually mount storm windows, this is the time to do it. Warm weather dries out weather-stripping, therefore check if they need updating.
Over the winter months, the windows are left closed most of the time, so make sure that the filters in your range hood are in good working order. Do a check of the ground-slope all around the residence, ensuring that it falls away from the walls. You wouldn't want the problems connected with water getting into the basement or the foundation. First it may cause wet rot, which in turn could cause dry rot, which isn't something you want in your home anywhere. Frequently examine your home for signs of seepage.
It appears to be inevitable that water leaks come, and the most likely places are the roof, the gutter and down-spouts, and the inside plumbing. Turn it into a priority to get any sort of leaks you find fixed. Cover any exterior pipes, undoubtedly so if your house is older, and minimize drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. It's a good idea to shampoo the carpets and rugs, since dust is more noticeable in the winter. You might as well use the opportunity to wash the windows.