By Emma Sturgis
Once winter comes, you will regret ignoring home issues while the weather was nice. Figure out what you can do now to prepare your home for winter so that you can relax and know that you will stay warm and comfortable once the weather is cool.
Have Someone Check Your Furnace to Make Sure It Is Working
Once the temperature starts to drop, you are going to want to turn on your furnace and know that it will heat your home. If the furnace is not working correctly, you will be stuck dealing with an uncomfortable temperature in your home. Have a company like Countryside check your furnace while the weather is still warm so that you will be able to use it as planned when it gets cold.
Deal With the Mess in Your Yard That You Have Been Ignoring
Branches and leaves can gather all across your lawn. When you leave a mess in your yard as winter comes, you will have a soggy mess to deal with in the springtime. You should take care of the yard that you have been neglecting before the weather turns cold so that you have it easier when the weather warms up again.
Check for Exterior Painting Work That Needs to Be Done
Chips in the paint on your home can lead to issues, and painting is not a project that you want to take on in the wintertime. Look over your home before it gets too cold and see if there are any paint touchup projects you need to do.
Repair Bad Wood on Your Deck or Porch
If there is a spot on your deck that you always avoid because the wood is soft there, consider repairing that before winter. You don't want to have extra hazards to deal with when the weather is cold and the ground is covered with ice.
Make Sure That Windows Are Sealed Well
Windows should keep cold air out of a home. If they are not sealed properly, they will not do that. Look over your home's windows and see if they need to be caulked or if any other work needs to be done to help them be sealed up well.
It is good to care for your home before real issues develop, and it is smart to focus on caring for the place before winter comes, too.
Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, Massachusetts. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2