Winter Prep in Seven Steps

Fall brings more than pretty colors and a farewell to summer. It brings work. Here are seven reminders of home maintenance tasks that will save you strife next spring:

  • Blow out your automatic sprinklers. We sure had a cold winter last year. I recommend this for anyone who has an automatic sprinkler system.

  • Bring in the hoses. Disconnect your hoses, be sure to drain them onto your toes-es and put them in the shed, garage, basement or wherever you'll store them for winter. Wet feet required.
  • Check out the trees. Fall is a good time to prune or trim dead branches. Winter snow or ice often is the straw that breaks off that dead branch, and once in a while they land safely and exactly where we'd hope.
  • Prepare for rain. How's your water management system? Is it draining away from the house? Do you have gutter extenders you kicked aside during the summer, for easy mowing? Gutters should be cleared out after the leaves fall.
  • Bring in the deck furniture. Keeping a dry deck surface also extends the deck's life.
  • Don't stop mowing, bagging or raking too soon. Grass still thrives with light and doesn't want to be smothered during winter.
  • Seal cracks. Visualize either your best joke or the impact of the freezing and thawing cycle here. Also reverse your ceiling fans and sweep your chimney.
  • If you're a landlord. Landlords can put gas heat into a "continuous service agreement" to ensure move outs don't create a freezing house.

More home ownership tips, market trend updates and community-conscious information can be found on my Foster Boise blog.

Sincerely,

Shana Foster Moore
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