The Essential, 15-Point Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

BY Daniela Bayon

Whether you just purchased your first home or are a seasoned homeowner, everyone will agree that home maintenance is a vital part of protecting your investment. Whatever your local weather, there are several steps you can take to prepare your home for the winter months. Now is the time to make sure that the home is snug and well insulated so that your heating system isn’t working overtime, and to prep your home for the upcoming season.

Use this essential winter home maintenance checklist to make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row before the next snow!

1. Change the Furnace Filter

Give your furnace some TLC. One easy job that you can take care of in just a few minutes is to change the filter. This not only helps purify the air in your home, it also helps your furnace run more efficiently. This can reduce your energy costs and prolong the life of your heating system.

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2. Check Your Detectors

No matter what season it is, always check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. This is even more important in the winter months, when we use stoves and fireplaces with the windows closed.

3. Weather-Stripping

Another job that can really save you some energy costs is to make sure that your windows and doors are closing tightly. Inspect existing weather stripping, looking for any worn areas or cracks, and replace it if it’s deteriorating.

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4. Check Your Thermostat

A properly functioning thermostat is essential for effectively heating your home. As the weather cools, take the time to check and clean your system’s heat sensor and the contact points. If the thermostat is not accurate, consider replacing it.

5. Check the Roof

To prepare for rough weather, there are several tasks that you can take care of outside. Get ready for wind, rain, ice, and snow by inspecting your roof. Look for leaks or evidence of excessive moisture on the roof surface, the flashing, eaves, and soffits.

6. Clear Gutters and Downspouts

Clear the gutters and ensure that the downspouts are free of debris to keep water draining away from your house efficiently. Check for cracks or weak points and repair them before they cause damage.

7. Clean Chimney or Stovepipe

Be sure to clean the flue before you start to use your fireplace this season. This makes your fireplace or woodstove safer, and makes it work better too. Pass the marshmallows.

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8. Inspect Siding

Clean your home’s siding and repair any damage or cracks to keep the weather out. While you’re at it, make sure that exterior caulking is in good shape.

9. Repair Doors and Windows

Pay particular attention to storm doors. Replace any cracked or broken glass, make sure the frames are solid, and repaint if necessary. Oil and tighten the hinges and latches to keep them operating smoothly.  

10. Remove Any Window A/C Units

If you use window units to cool your home, now is the time to remove them for the cold months. You can also elect to purchase a protective insulated cover, available at most home improvement stores, that will shield the unit from harsh weather while helping to insulate your home.  

11. Drain Outdoor Faucets

If you’re likely to have some hard freezes, store your hoses, and then shut off the valves to your outdoor faucets, then open the spigots to drain.

12. Stock Up on Firewood

Don’t forget to purchase firewood and store it in an easily accessible location. From your fireplace to your fire pit, having firewood on hand is always a great idea.

13. Store Patio Furniture

Make sure you take care to either store or cover your patio furniture for the winter. A bit of cleaning and preparation mean less work when spring rolls around.

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14. Keep Paths Cleared

If you live in an area where it’s likely to snow and ice, be sure to regularly shovel or blow the driveways, walkways and sidewalks clean. This will not only keep your pathways safe, but will also prevent damage to pavers and concrete.

15. Check Emergency Supplies

Winter storms can bring power outages. Be prepared with bottled water, a pantry full of food, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies, and a radio.

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