With the winter months and colder weather approaching, it may be a good time to see what you can do to either help yourself or a loved one prepare their home for these months. We have come up with some tips that you can do now and will help put your mind at ease and let you enjoy the weather when it does arrive.
- Go ahead and schedule snow and ice removal services – whether it is with a professional company or with a neighbor, go ahead and get them on the books. This way when bad weather hits, you know you or your loved one are taken care of. If you do hire a neighbor, make sure you have the right equipment available, such as shovels and ice melt, and it is easily accessible for them.
- Schedule service for your furnace, making sure it is in working order will also put your mind at ease. They will also make sure you have a fresh filter in your system and check to make sure there are no leaks in your gas line. Also, during this time, I would check the smoke detectors to make sure they are in working order as well as any carbon monoxide detectors. If you or your loved one uses your fireplace, I would also schedule someone to look and make sure it is cleaned out and not a fire hazard.
- Now would also be a good time to make sure that all your winter clothes, accessories, and any blankets are well within your reach. You could switch them out with your summer wardrobe at this time. You never know when you may need any of those extra blankets, so now is the time to prepare!
- Lastly you may want to consider someone to come and look at the outside of your home and clean out any gutters and look at any landscaping you have. The last thing you want is to have any dead tree limbs fall during an ice or snowstorm! I would also maybe change out any screen doors for winter storm doors.
Don’t wait until it’s too late, now is the time to prepare!