Sure it’s cold and Thanksgiving has already passed, but we’ve still got more than 3 weeks until winter makes its official arrival. By taking a little bit of time now to tidy up your home and property, you may be able to avoid annoying and potentially dangerous problems later in the season.
- Remove debris from gutters now. The leaves have been falling and piling anywhere they please, including in the gutters on your home. Leaves and other debris can cause gutters to back up, leading to leaks or frozen patches which can damage your roof or siding.
- If you have large trees, take a walk around them and look up. You’re looking for broken, hanging or weak looking branches which may fall when the added weight of snow piles up on them. A broken branch hitting the lawn is no big deal, but there’s plenty on your property that you’d rather not take chances with.
- If you have a fireplace, consider having a licensed chimney sweep come in to clear it out and make sure it is ready for use. Fire safety is no joke, so be sure fireplaces and wood burning stoves are well maintained before lighting up.
- Avoid freeze-ups. Disconnect any outdoor hoses and turn off the valve to the hose bibs. Be mindful of faucets and showers on outside walls and adjust your thermostat on very cold days (or use a small portable heater) to avoid frozen pipes.
- Is your entryway prepared for snow, sleet and all sort of wintry messes? If not, consider getting a new entry mat or a mat or rack for messy shoes to go on when entering the house so as not to damage your flooring.
- Check your supplies. The odds of an emergency situation may be low, but you never know when a storm will hit harder than expected and knock out electricity. Be sure to have flashlights, candles, batteries, bottled water and shelf stable food in the house for just in case you need them.
Take advantage of your time before the temperatures really drop to check these handful of items. You may be able to save yourself some aggravation over the winter, and may be avoiding injuries or property damage too.
Frank Failla is a Long Island realtor serving much of Long Island. To learn more about Frank or exciting Long Island properties, visit online at frankfaillahomesli.com.