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Nov 19 2018

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Winter is Coming, Is your Home Ready?

FireplaceAs the last leaves fall from the trees and the cold wind begins to blow, it is necessary to prepare your home is ready for winter. Below are a few things you will want to consider when preparing for the coming of winter.

Heating system – Make sure everything is clean and in order with your heating system.  It is a good time to have it inspected by a professional.  Also, it is a good time to switch your programmable thermostat to its winter settings.

Fireplace – You may want to hire a chimney sweep to ensure that the chimney is clear of creosote and that the flue is in working order. Do not forget to stock the wood pile and keep your kindling dry.

Garden – Clear dead plants and cover delicate perennials with straw, mulch or leaves.

Seasonal Items – Store patio furniture, seat cushions, the grill and any pool equipment that is still hanging around on your deck or patio. Want you can’t store, cover.

Stock up – Before the weather gets bad and there is a run on essential items, make sure you are covered with a decent snow shovel, a plentiful supply of ice melt, and warm gloves and hats.

Clean up – Winter can be a messy time for families coming and going. Clear the hooks in the mud room to make room for wet coats and establish a place for shoes and boots to dry without leaving puddles on your floors.

Now, just sit back and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and binge watch your favorite TV series. Spring will come soon enough.

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Nov 20 2017

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Preparing Your Home for Winter – The House Plan Shop

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Snow ShovelFirst thing to do?  Why make a list, of course. Psychologists have determined that making a list relieves stress as it allows one to focus on the tasks at hand. A list will allow you to prioritize and delegate responsibilities. Plus, it just feels good when you get to check off completed items. Here are some things to consider for your list.

 

Cover or Store – Protect your outdoor accessories and equipment like lawn furniture, grill, pool, hoses, air conditioner, lawn equipment, bicycles and toys. Don’t forget to turn the water off to outside spigots. Remove window fans and lower the storm windows.

 

Clean or Fix – Check out window caulking, gutters, downspouts, and chimney. Make sure your heating system is in order and reprogram thermostats and dusk to dawn lights if necessary.  Service the snow blower and emergency generator.

 

Collect or Purchase – Locate or replace snow shovels, ice scrapers, ice melt, hats, boots, and gloves. Stock up on emergency supplies like flashlights and batteries, candles, blankets and remember wood for the fireplace.

 

Once you have completed your checklist, snuggle in and enjoy the holidays or a long winter’s nap or you can begin to ponder and organize a list to get ready for spring.

 

Have a safe and happy holiday season with these helpful tips.

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