Spring cleaning is something many people do, but probably only a few people understand what it is to winterize your house. When fall season arrives you really should inspect your home's readiness for the upcoming winter. At this time of year, with the vegetation dying out, inspecting the house is easier, so you can tell if any shrubs are hanging onto the house. For example, clinging vines and plants roots damage siding and even bricks, so it is good to keep them cleaned off. Most of these tasks can be carried out by yourself but, for the larger jobs, its a good idea to hire the services of an experienced landscape gardeners.
When you have done your very last watering, bleed dry, roll up and store all the hose. The water to any outside faucets should be turned off, so that they can drain and get dry. When you are through with your patio furniture for the year, clean it up then store it in a dry spot. You should shield any young trees you might have with mulch, particularly in their first year of growth. To help prevent your yard from getting sodden if significant rains occur, make sure that any drainage ditches are clear.
Cold temperature obviously turns one's thoughts to fireplaces. Almost everyone normally requires a chimney sweep at the same time when a chilly spell shows up, so call early to beat the rush. Who knows how the supply of firewood will be, so if you are going to need some, try to locate some in plenty of time. If you realize you are in a rural area, check for local residents selling firewood without advertising. Check out and ensure that all the smoke sensors are working, irrespective of whether you light fires in winter or not. A lot of people leave holiday lights up all year, and the wires should be checked for flexibility. And now is the time to get the storm windows installed. Hot weather dries out weather-stripping, so check if they need updating.
The windows usually are almost never opened in winter, so it is necessary to check the condition of the filters in the range hood. Look at the ground around your house to make sure that it still slopes away. When water goes on to drain into the cellar, or the foundation, that can be bad news for your house. To start with it may cause wet rot, which in turn could cause dry rot, which isn't something you want in your home anywhere. You should search for seepage on a regular basis.
Leaks will not be kept at bay forever, so check the places where leaks most commonly occur, these being the roofing, the guttering, the downpipes and the interior plumbing. Turn it into a priority to get any leaks you discover fixed. Reduce a draft by covering air-conditioning units, and consider wrapping exterior pipes, especially if the house is older. Your carpets may need to be shampooed to eliminate dust which in winter is readily noticed. You might as well use the opportunity to thoroughly clean the windows.