It seems like fall has just begun, and yet, we can be sure that the crisp, winter air will be blowing in at any time. As we physically, and mentally, prepare ourselves for the cold that is coming our way, we should also be asking ourselves “is our home ready for winter’s harsh elements?”

Here are 4 tips to prepare your home for winter:

PREPARE YOUR FIREPLACE

Make sure there’s no build up (ie; bird’s nests, cobwebs etc) inside the chimney by taking a look up with a flashlight, and, while you’re at it, ensure the damper opens and closes tightly. Clean out last year’s ashes and remember to stock up on firewood and kindling!

CLEAN THE GUTTERS

Your gutters need to be cleaned of all the fallen leaves and twigs ensuring there are no blockages for the rain and melting snow. Make sure you clear the downspouts of any leaves or debris as well, as these can result in mildew and mud, and can cause your gutters to sag.

INSPECT AROUND YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR

Take a walk around the outside of your home to test all exterior electrical outlets and roll up the garden hoses. Ensure the downspouts are draining away from your home, to prevent from any water damage. Finally, bring in your plants to a more controlled temperature.

CONSIDER INSULATED SIDING

Perhaps something that will take more time than simply walking around your home, but it’s something to think about for next year. Insulated siding is designed to shed water and allow walls to dry quickly, preventing the growth of mold. It will keep you warm on those cold winter nights when the northerly winds gust.  Learn more here Surprising Benefits of Insulated Siding.

Now that your home is prepared for the upcoming winter, you can sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the warmth of the flickering fire. Enjoy!