Last time we covered how to prepare for winter on the inside of your home, and in this episode we’re going to discuss how you can winterize the outside of your property.

You can start by performing some preventative yard maintenance. This will include raking your leaves, clearing your gutters, fertilizing your lawn, and perhaps even mowing the lawn one last time. Clearing your gutters is important for keeping snowmelt away from your foundation in the spring.

It’s also crucial that you drain your sprinkler pipes so that they don’t burst during a hard freeze. You might need to hire someone to blow out your pipes if you cannot do so yourself. Right now is also a good time to touch up on the paint covering your siding, decks, and patio.

“Don’t forget to clear your gutters of debris.”

Something else that is often overlooked is replacing or adding caulk and weather stripping to your doors and windows. This will help insulate your home and will even save you money on your energy bill.

If you have a real chimney or fireplace, have it checked by a professional to ensure that you won’t encounter a problem during the middle of a blizzard.

If you have any questions about these issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you!