Cold weather is on the doorstep! So this is the ideal time to prepare the outside of your home for the cold months ahead. I have prepared a checklist of 10 things to make it easier to prepare for the onslaught of winter.

1. Store Patio Furniture

Clean your patio furniture well (including cushions) before storing it. Use a mild cleaning solution  and warm water to wipe down plastic or resin patio furniture. Store cushions and accessories in a dry, closed, storage unit because it will help to prevent mold and mildew caused by dampness. Use covers to protect any furniture frames being left outdoors in the elements.

2. Clean the Garage

Clean and organize your garage and/or shed before the weather is freezing, because then you won’t want to venture into the cold.

  • Move items and vehicles onto the driveway to air it out and so you can clean the garage floor thoroughly.
  • Get rid of unwanted items you have stored for years but never use.
  • Organize by storing summer equipment and getting out your winter gear.

3. Seasonal Outdoor Toys  

Clean all toys and bikes your kids play with outside before storing them away, for instance. As a result you will help to prevent mold, mildew and rust from forming and make the warm weather toys “good-to-go” when spring rolls around again.

4. Clean and Weatherproof Your Deck

It’s always a good idea to apply a sealant or a coat of exterior paint to your wood deck to protect the wood from damage and swelling caused by excessive moisture.

5. Check the Roof

Visually inspect your roof for signs of damage (like loose or missing shingles) from a safe location on the ground. If you observe anything than concerns you, call a professional to see if any repairs are needed.

6. Weatherproof Doors and Windows

Replace weather stripping around the doors and windows. If you see gaps and cracks, for example, apply caulking as needed. This will help to keep your home warm and dry through the cold, wet, weather.

7. Prepare Outdoor Faucets

Most importantly, remember to disconnect your garden hoses and drain all water remaining in the faucet. Pipes can burst if the water freezes and expands. Think of installing insulating covers on outdoor faucets.

8. Store Yard and Garden Equipment

Clean all gardening equipment and hand tools prior to storage. Make sure the tools are thoroughly dried to prevent rust. Subsequently, you can keep tools dry by covering  them with a tarp to prevent rust.

  • It is important to safely remove any unused gasoline from the lawn mower

9. Gutters

Remove leaves and debris from drainpipes and gutters to prevent clogging. Because consequently, excess water can lead to leaks, damaged roofing, siding and wood trim.

10. Store Barbecue Grill

Thoroughly clean your grill, lid etc., before covering and storing it for the winter.

In conclusion, as I always say—preparation is key. Now you can snuggle in and enjoy your warm, cozy home during the long, cold winter without worrying about  the outside of your house.

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