Spring cleaning happens to be something most people do, but probably only a few people understand what it is to winterize the home. It is a good idea every fall, to check out the house and see if it is prepared to get through another winter. Throughout fall it is actually easier to check out the outside of the home, since the foliage is dying away and you can more easily see if shrubs are attached to the house. Clean off roots and vines attached to the siding, if not they may cause damage - even bricks are vulnerable.
When they are no longer needed to do any watering, the hose should all be emptied and rolled up to be put into storage for the winter. The water to your exterior faucets should be turned off, in order that they can drain and get dry. Get your garden furniture cleaned up and stored somewhere dry, once you are done using it till the following year. You need to protect any young trees you have with mulch, particularly in their first year of growth. To help avoid your yard from starting to be sodden if significant rains occur, make sure that any drainage ditches are clear.
Once the weather conditions starts to get colder, it is time to start looking at fireplaces. Everybody calls for a chimney sweep at the same time when a cold spell shows up, so call early to beat the rush. You never know how the source of firewood will be, so if you are going to need some, try and locate some in plenty of time. Try outlying areas when it is convenient, where local people may sell firewood without the cost of advertising. If you employ a fireplace in the winter, you should check all of your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. The connections to the Christmas lights may become brittle and split if you don't ever take them down, so check them for sufficient flexibility. If you typically mount storm windows, this is the time to do it. Weather-stripping gets drier with the hot temperatures, so they could possibly all need to be replaced.
Verify the high-quality working order of the stove hood filters, since during winter the windows are mostly closed. Perform a check of the ground-slope all around the residence, ensuring that it falls away from the walls. In case water goes on to drain into the cellar, or the foundation, that can be bad news for your house. To begin with it leads to wet rot, which could transform to dry rot after some time, which you sincerely want to do without. On a regular basis inspect your home for indications of seepage.
Leaking will not be kept away forever, so check the places where leaks most commonly occur, these being the roofing, the guttering, the downpipes and the interior plumbing. Make it a priority to get any leaks you see fixed. It is best to cover the air-conditioning equipment to prevent drafts, while, particularly with older homes, it is worth cladding the exterior pipes. Dust is more effortlessly noticed in the wintertime, so shampooing the carpets is recommended. While you're at it, you might as well thoroughly clean the windows.