CHECKLIST

Preparing your Home for the Winter in 13 Easy Steps

INTERIOR

Ensure your windows and doors are air- and watertight

Replace damaged caulking and/or weather-strips. Adding an insulation film on your windows and properly weather-stripping your doors will block air and water from coming in.

INTERIOR

Clean your electric baseboards

Avoid unpleasant odors when turning on your heaters for the first time in months. They can potentially be toxic to your health.

INTERIOR

Test your smoke and CO detectors

Unless it's time to change the detectors, replace their batteries. Smoke alarms have a 10-year lifespan, whereas Carbon Monoxide detectors have a 5-year lifespan.

INTERIOR

Assess the attic’s condition

Make sure there is no water infiltration and that soffits are clear from obstruction.

INTERIOR

Ensure your HVAC is working properly

Replace or clean the air filters. It is recommended to do so every 3 months.

INTERIOR

Prepare your fireplace

If you have a gas-powered fireplace, light your pilot light. And, if you have a wood-burning fireplace, get your chimney swept.

EXTERIOR

Verify the state of your gutters

Ensure nothing is blocking your gutters from working properly.

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Examine the state of your roof

If it seems damaged and needing repairs, consult a roofing contractor.

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Close your water valves leading to outdoor faucets

Open your outdoor faucet to let all excess water out.

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Assess the state of your foundation and/or masonry walls

Ensure there are no obvious cracks or other damages that can cause water infiltration.

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Make sure your stairway railings are stable

They should be properly bolted into the ground or wall.

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Check whether tree branches can collapse onto electrical wires due to excess snow

Contact a pruner if you believe this may happen.

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Make sure your outdoor lighting system works properly

Replace all burnt light bulbs and ensure your motion detectors and timers are properly set up.

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