Winter is on the way! Before Mr. Snow Meiser struts in and takes you by surprise, now is the best time to take stock of your home and get prepared for cold weather.  These 5 tips will get you on your way so that you’re not caught off guard by unfortunate consequences down the road.

Prevent Burst Pipes – Make sure you drain any migration or sprinkler systems, as well as garden hose taps. If water gets caught in there and freezes you could have a huge mess on your hands. You may also want to consider insulating pipes in the parts of your home that stay the coldest.

Start From the Top – It’s always a good idea to inspect your roof for sections where water can get trapped or a leak is likely to start under the weight of sitting snow. Getting ahead of these repairs will save you in the long run. While up on the roof give the gutters a good clean out to prevent ice dams and unwanted overflow.

Sweep the Chimney – Your kids will want Santa to make it down just as much as you will want the smoke to make it up and out this winter.

Place Your Order – Whether you rely on oil or firewood, don’t wait until the last minute to place your order. These businesses are hopping in the winter and can charge a premium for their services. By planning ahead you’ll avoid any wait time and likely get a lower price.

Keep the Warmth In and Cold Out – Take a good look at your doorways and windows as autumn arrives. Seal up any gaps in the caulking that you might find before warm air has a chance to escape and the chill of cold weather creeps in.

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