Everybody has been aware of spring cleaning, but hardly any people know what it means to winterize your home. As soon as fall arrives you should inspect your home's readiness for the upcoming winter. Fall season, with the attendant dying out of leafy growth, is a great time to examine your house's walls, since it will be easier to spot any shrubs that are becoming invasive. Exterior siding is quickly damaged by roots and vines that cling to the surface - even bricks aren't immune - and they should be cleaned off.
If they are no longer needed to do any watering, the garden hose should all be emptied and rolled up to be set into storage for the winter. The water to any external faucets should be turned off, in order that they can drain and get dry. When you think you won't use the garden furniture once again that year, get it cleaned and stored in a dry place. For those who have any trees that happen to be still new, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. To help prevent your yard from getting sodden if heavy rains occur, make sure that any drainage ditches are clear.
Cold temperature normally leads one's thoughts to fireplaces. Almost everyone calls for a chimney sweep at the same time when a cold spell shows up, so call early to beat the rush. If you use logs, do not delay in finding someone and getting a good supply built up. Try countryside areas when it is convenient, where natives may sell firewood without the cost of advertising. Even if you don't utilize a fireplace, make sure that any smoke alarms will work. If you leave your Xmas lights up for the whole year, check that the cords are still flexible. And right now is the time to get the storm windows set up. Weather-stripping gets drier with the scorching temperatures, so they could possibly all need to be replaced.
Verify the good working order of the cooktop hood filters, since during winter the windows are mostly closed. Check the ground around the house to make sure that it still slopes away. You wouldn't want the problems associated 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. Regularly inspect your home for warning signs of seepage.
Leaks can't be kept from happening forever, so check the places where leaks most commonly occur, these being the roofing, the guttering, the downpipes and the interior plumbing. Make it a priority to get any sort of leaks you find fixed. Reduce a draft by safeguarding air-conditioning units, and consider wrapping exterior pipes, especially if the house is older. It is a good idea to shampoo the carpets and rugs, since dust is more noticeable in the winter. While you're at it, you might as well clean the windows.