With the winter months fast approaching it is important to start preparing your home for the cold weather. Home maintenance and repairs should be done year round as needed but there are some things you should inspect in early fall to ensure that your home is ready for winter.
When inspecting around your home there are generally eight areas that you should check. These include the foundation, basement and yard, roof, exterior walls, windows and doors, interior surfaces, electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, plumbing and safety issues.
As you inspect the foundation of your house, look for signs of water damage and cracks. Check to make sure that water is draining away from the foundation and if your home has an underground drainage system, be sure that it is working properly.
Check the roof for loose or missing shingles and make any needed repairs. Otherwise, snow or wind may cause further damage to the roof. Clean out the gutters to remove dead leaves and debris. This will allow water to flow easily through the drain system. Examine the chimney to be sure it is secure and there are no loose bricks or mortar. Hire a chimney sweep to remove any buildup from your chimney, hearth and firebox. This should be done annually if you use your fireplace a lot. Otherwise, creosote buildup will create a fire hazard.