Frosty, The Snow-Leaf?

Winter is just around the corner…

and if you are a homeowner, this means Fall chores.

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Flikr Creative Commons | Some rights reserved by nojhan

If you don’t want to end up like Frosty and attempt to do yard-prep in the snow, our list is for you. (As in, start now, finish now, and please, don’t wait until later.)

Most of the tasks below are relatively inexpensive to do and will save you from far more costly repairs in the long run.

Here are 15 ways to avoid becoming a Snow-Leaf: 

  1. Inspect roof coverings, flashings, and chimney. Weatherproof as needed.
  2. Check windows and doors for cracks and gaps.
  3. Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors.
  4. Thoroughly check siding for any damage caused during summer months.
  5. Winterize your air conditioner.
  6. Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  7. Inspect water supply lines and valves to sinks and toilets for any leaks.
  8. Check pipes and drains for water leakage.
  9. Clean or replace furnace and humidifier filters.
  10. Have furnace serviced by a qualified professional.
  11. Make sure your home is properly insulated.
  12. Check windows and doors for smooth operation. Clean/lubricate if necessary.
  13. Test smoke detectors and replace batteries if necessary.
  14. Prepare all necessary snow removal equipment of rust. Give snow blower a complete tune-up.
  15. Check attic for leaks and make sure vents are not obstructed.
If you have questions about homeownership, check out our Housing Resources page here. Whether you’re a renter, looking to buy, or already own a home – we’re happy to help you stay on track. 888-258-2227 or cccs@LssSD.org.

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