Knowing what spring cleaning signifies, you probably have some notion what it means to winterize your home. It is a good plan every fall, to examine the house and see if it is prepared to get through another winter. During fall it really is easier to inspect the outside of the home, since the foliage is dying away and you can more easily see if shrubs are attached to the house. Siding is easily damaged by roots and vines that cling to the surface area - even bricks aren't immune - and they should be cleaned off.
Once you are done watering for the year, you must drain all of the hose, and roll them up to be stored away. The water to the exterior faucets should be turned off, so that they can drain and get dry. When you are done with your garden furniture for the year, clean it up and afterwards store it in a dry spot. For those who have any trees which are still new, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. All water drainage ditches should be cleared so they can cope with any heavy rains.
Cold weather naturally turns one's thoughts to fireplaces. Masonry sweeps are in high demand wih the very first cold spell, so avoid the queue and get in early. In case you use fire wood, do not hold off in finding someone and getting a good supply built up. When traveling around outlying areas, you will discover local people who sell fire wood, without lots of advertising. Check and confirm that all the smoke alarms are working, irrespective of whether you light fires in winter or not. If you leave your Holiday lights up for the whole year, check that the cords remain flexible. And right now is the the perfect time to get the storm windows set up. Summer dries out weather-stripping, so check if they need updating.
Establish the effective working order of the cooktop hood filters, since during winter the windows are mostly closed. Examine the dirt around your house to make sure that it still slopes away. You don't want the difficulties associated with water getting into the basement or the foundation. To begin with it could cause wet rot, which in turn could cause dry rot, which isn't something you want in your home anywhere. Make the effort of verifying, at regular time intervals, that water is not seeping into your home.
You should look for leaks, the most susceptible places being the roof, gutters, down-pipes and inside plumbing. Make it a priority to get any existing leaks you discover fixed. Encapsulate any exterior pipes, definitely so if your house is older, and cut down drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. Dust is more easily detected in the winter, so shampooing the carpets is recommended. Wind up by cleaning the house windows.