Ready for a Visit from Old Man Winter?

Once November hits, cleaning house takes on a new meaning. While folks are still concerned with stuffing boxes in the attic to impress the in-laws, many home renovation projects shift to preventative home maintenance for the upcoming season. Winterize your home in a single weekend with these tips from Mr. Junk.

Home Winterization Checklist

  • Inspect and clean the gutters and downspouts
  • Inspect the roof for damaged shingles and leaky spots
  • Repair cracks in the sidewalk and driveway (a little ice, and those spots get dangerous, fast!)
  • Check window frames for decay or rot
  • Test windows and doors for drafts
  • Replace worn weatherstripping and caulk around windows to replace the seal
  • Make sure all home vents and openings are covered to keep out birds and small mammals
  • Clean or replace dirty furnace filters
  • Use the fireplace? Call a chimney sweep for a seasonal inspection and cleaning
  • In fact, schedule an inspection of all heat sources (gas, wood stoves, HVAC systems) before the temps drop for good
  • Test smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and home security systems

Lawn Winterization Checklist

  • pruned branchesStop fertilizing the lawn and winter perennials (growth after the frost may permanently injure plants)
  • Drain and winterize irrigation systems and¬†outdoor faucets
  • Trim branches that may damage the house or property in a winter storm
  • Clean and store patio furniture
  • Clean and store gardening equipment like shovels, hoses, and lawn mowers

Need to haul away old branches, worn weather stripping, or warped wood? Call Mr. Junk for a quick, quality home clean up.

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