The remnants of summer are gone and winter time is about to hit the Front Range of Colorado Springs. Here are a few bucket list items for preparing your home for the cold season:
One of the first things to take into consideration (since you will have to go outside to do this) is how much time you will want to spend reviving your yard work when the spring season rolls around again. You should fertilize your lawn once last time before the snow hits. It will help the roots stay strong and nourished throughout the season. If you have a snowblower and plan on using it, now would be a good time to get it serviced so it is ready for use incase a blizzard sneaks up on you! This is Colorado, and our weather has a way of surprising you!
Prepare your fireplace for the holiday season and the potential ‘snow days’ ahead. Clean the chimney and sweep out all the ashes and soot from your last use. Chop some firewood ahead of time so you’re not out in the cold doing it at the last minute. Not much fun is it? Also, inspect your furnace before turning on the heat, because you don’t want to wait until it’s too late to find out that your furnace is not working, or needs to be repaired. If you don't know, click here.
The exterior of your house will need to be inspected as well. If the shingles on your roof are getting old and worn, replacing them is vital. Also, inspect your gutters and clear out any debris by spraying it down with a garden hose. The exterior doors, windows, and pipes in your home should be checked for cracks, etc. If they are present, they will need to be sealed.
Prevent plumbing freezes by insulating any plumbing pipes that are within your reach or eyesight. Leaving the heat on to a minimum of 55 degrees (even if you go away for the holidays) will help prevent a disaster in your home, should the outside temperature drop below freezing!
The winter season is only miserable when you are not prepared for it. Winter time should a be a season where life calms down, and we are focused on the few things that matter in life, like spending time with family during the holidays! Prepare your home for winter so you can have the luxury of enjoying it.
Here's to the beginning of winter!