Winter Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

In the late fall nobody wants to be doing chores around the house. It's time to snuggle in by the fire and stay out of the cold. But...there are a few items that should really be taken care of before the weather gets too cold and brutal. This may only be a partial list for some people due to your location. We consider this to be a list for average climates. We recommend you print this list for use around the house.

 

Indoors:

__Change furnace filters

__Clean and turn on humidifier

__Wash windows

__Have chimney and flue cleaned

__Have furnace professionally checked, cleaned, and tested

__Turn off and drain garden hose spigots inside

__Check weather stripping around doors and windows (replace as needed)

__Have furniture and carpets cleaned to help cut down indoor pollution

 

Outdoors:

__Put away patio furniture

__Drain and store garden hoses

__Check around doors and windows for gaps, caulk as needed

__Wash windows

__Put up storm windows

__Put away or cover grill (make sure gas is turned off)

__Clean gutters and downspouts (important to keep ice build-ups minimal)

__Put up Holiday lights and decorations (the holidays will be here before you know it)

__Trim trees and shrubs away from house

__Chop and stack firewood closer to the house (order firewood if you've been lazy :-) )

 

Garage:

__Winterize lawn equipment

__Seal concrete floor to keep salt damage minimal

__Set rodent traps if you have an attached garage

__Get snow blower running and ready

__Find snow shovel :-(

 

Yard:

__Apply winter fertilizer to lawn

__Mow lawn for last time to keep matting of grass to a minimum

__Rake leaves

__Stake driveway sides to mark for plow if needed

 

Pool:

It should be closed by now, but if it's not:

__Drain water to desired level

__Add winter chemicals

__Drain or blow lines out

__Drain filter

__Drain pump

__Drain and winterize heater

__Cover pool and secure cover from wind

__Add RV anti-freeze to pump or take pump inside for the winter

__Add RV anti-freeze to any area with possible standing water (i.e.-pump, heater, low lying valves)

 

Garden:

__Remove dead plants

__Cover perennial plants with a thick layer of mulch

__Wrap or protect shrubs from winter winds

__Turn soil for next year

__Harvest late crops before first heavy freeze

 

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