With summer behind us and winter ahead, there’s no time like the present to ready your home for some serious nesting. But what should you attend to first?
Here’s a checklist of ways to get organized and make your home safe for the coming months, from Home Edition:
Inspect your roof: Summer storms can damage roofs significantly. Now is the time to replace affected shingles and avoid any water leakage.
Test smoke detectors: Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Replace batteries, if necessary.
Give your refrigerator and freezer a deep clean: Most people tend to put off this dirty job. Now is a great time to remove expired food and clean up those nasty drips and spills that have solidified on shelves throughout the year.
Check weather stripping on doors: If you can see light around your doors when they are closed, there is an open tunnel for cold air penetration. Replace or adjust your weather stripping.
Clean out the dryer vent: This is another place that generally goes unnoticed. Take a look at the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct and the space underneath the dryer and remove any built-up lint, dust and debris.
Inspect electrical wires/cords: Avoid fire hazards by looking for frayed wires and other potential problems.
Touch up your paint: Over time, small knicks to your paint lend a tired, worn look to your house. A quick touch up can make all the difference.
Test your sump pump: With snowstorms in the offing that bring potential flooding risks, be sure your sump pump is working properly.