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Three Quick and Easy Ways To Prepare Your Home for Winter

Sep 12, 2008
Fall's cool weather makes it the perfect time to get outside and start working around your home before the cold and wet weather of the winter rolls in. It's a good idea to take advantage of the good weather and spend a little time preparing your home for the cold.

Here are some things you can do around your home that will help you have a great winter and upcoming spring:

Seal Around Windows and Doors: If your home is every drafty during the winter months then you may have some small air leaks around your windows and doors and not even know about it. Fortunately this is an easy fix requiring nothing more than a tube of caulk and as screwdriver. You can inspect the old caulk around your windows and doors and if you see any obvious holes or places where the caulk is leaving a gap then you may want to use the screwdriver to chisel out the old caulk, clean the area and then put on new caulk. If your doors or windows are more than 10 years old and you're still feeling drafts then you may want to consider having them replaced. Newer windows and doors are much more insulated and energy efficient than older models.

Prep Those Flower Beds: You're thinking about mums and not daffodils right now, but come spring you'll be glad you took the time to plant some flower bulbs in your flower bed. Clean out any debris like falling leaves and twigs from your flower bed, turn the soil over a little bit keep it fresh and then plant those bulbs. If you have squirrels or other animals that like to dig them up then you may want to consider using some sort of biodegradable screen on the ground.

Clean and Inspect your Gutters: Cleaning out the gutters is one of the lease fun jobs you can have as a home owner. Gutters often get cluttered up with leaves and twigs and all sorts of nasty things throughout the summer and early fall so by the time winter rolls around they're usually blocked up and useless. If too much water accumulates and freezes in your gutters they could come crashing down which is both dangerous and expensive to fix. Cleaning out your gutters is an important and necessary step in making sure snow and ice melt and drain properly off your roof. Always remember to be careful on ladders and if you're at all uncomfortable with the project then definitely hire a gutter cleaning service.

These simple projects don't take long to do and generally don't cost much money, but they can go a long way to making your winter and spring much more comfortable and enjoyable!
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