Handy Homeowner: Winter Reminders

Winter brings about many ways to cozy up at home and spend quality time with family and friends. But as homeowners, we’re well aware that there are many home maintenance to-dos that we must complete in order to prepare for the new season. To make it easy on you this winter, we’ve put together a list that will ensure your home is in great shape for the upcoming colder weather months.

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1 | Clean Gutters

Your gutters must be cleared from debris, especially after all the leaves have fallen. A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home, so this is must-do!

Keep in mind that gutter cleaning is one of the most dangerous home maintenance projects. You may prefer to hire an insured professional to do the job twice a year.

You can watch a full tutorial on gutter-cleaning here.

2 | Well Watch

Remove leaves, grass clippings and debris from window and area well drains.

3 | Pump Check

Check the sump pump for proper orientation.

4 | Rain Gear

Make sure that your windows, doors and the area under the house around the foundation are watertight. Caulk any openings.

5 | Spout Off

Shut off the outdoor water supply. Remove hoses and shut the valve leading to outside faucets to prevent the possibility of freezing.

6 | Wind Proof

If doors or windows become the source of air leaks or cool drafts, caulk or install weather stripping.

Other Helpful Reminders


  • Check filters/registers/ducts/vents for blockages and remove them.
  • Vacuum dust off the refrigerator condenser coil and clean the drain pan.
  • Clean the food filters in the dishwasher.
  • In the laundry room, make sure the dryer vent is clear.

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