1. Check for peeling paint
According to Carl Minchew, Director, Bejamin Moore Paint’s, “Peeling pain is a sign that the existing pain film is failing and can no longer protect the siding/door trim of the home. Left uncorrected, the wood itself will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future.
2. Clean the Gutters
After the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts. Also, check for other debris that could clog downspouts. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams.
3. Caulk Windows and Door-frames
Be sure to caulk around windows and door-frames. Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildups.”
4. Inspect the Roof
Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. Ice, rain, snow and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures wreak havoc on roofs.
5. Inspect your Furnace
Have your heating system checked by a licensed HVAC contractor. Furnaces operate more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if serviced regularly.
6. Clean your Yard Equipment
Clean and prepare your summer tools for winter to prevent rusting. This includes draining gas from your mower, tillers, etc.
7. Prepare your Deck for Winter
Clean your deck and deck furniture and put into storage. Look for any repairs that may need to be done before winter arrives.