Getting your home ready for winter provides you with peace of mind and prevents problems and damages from occurring. Take simple precautionary measures to protect your home before the first snowstorm hits. From cleaning your gutters to sealing exterior masonry, you'll want to complete these five checklist items to prep your home and protect your family. Start undertaking these projects at the tail end of autumn to ensure you've completed all necessary projects before the temperature drops and the frost sets in.

Schedule a roof inspection and clear those gutters.

One of the most important checklist items to address before winter is to schedule a roof inspection and cleaning. Debris build-up, including an accumulation of leaves, can lead to moisture overflow in your home. This is particularly pressing during winter months when the snow begins to settle on your roof. Contact a roofing company in your area and schedule a routine inspection for the end of autumn. To do so, simply search for roofing companies Denver or Colorado Springs, depending on which neighborhood you're located in. Be sure to read the reviews to find the best roofing company in your area as this ensures the process runs smoothly.

Once you find the right Denver roofers, schedule an inspection and a cleaning for the same day. This allows you to determine the overall integrity of your roof and whether you need to perform any repairs before the weather worsens. The Denver roofing company removes debris from your gutters and from the roof itself to prevent any damages from occurring when the weight of the snow is added to your home.

Check your chimney.

As a homeowner, you're responsible for the general maintenance and upkeep of your home. A crucial aspect of this responsibility is properly cleaning your chimney before you use this enticing feature to warm your house during difficult winter storms. Contact a chimney sweep in your area as this is a job that is best left to a professional. The company you contact visits your home to perform a routine inspection and cleaning before suggesting any maintenance tasks you may need to complete to get your chimney up and running. Once your chimney is cleared, be sure to purchase additional firewood to be stored safely on your property until it's needed.

Inspect your heating system.

If you don't have a fireplace to keep you warm this winter, take time to inspect your existing heating system to make sure it's running as efficiently as possible. Find a reliable HVAC contractor in your area and use the Better Business Bureau standards as you perform your search. This helps you find the most trustworthy company and prevents you from spending money on a service that is not performed correctly. The HVAC contractor looks at your heating system to make sure it's running and free from damages and takes the necessary steps to fix any existing issues.

Seal exterior wood and masonry.

Prevent drafts from entering your home by sealing exterior wooden structures and all outdoor masonry. The wood trim around the exterior of your home is a common culprit if you're experiencing a breeze while you're trying to get comfortable in your living room. Caulk and paint the trim around your home for the ultimate protection. By completing this task each year, you prevent rot from setting in and save yourself the astronomical cost of replacing all the exterior trim.

Use this same mentality to tackle any cracked masonry outside your home. From damaged walkways to cracked front steps, it's important to seal these problem areas before it's time to shovel. Fill the cracks with additional concrete, then apply a sealer to these areas and allow everything to sit properly within the suggested time frame.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Prepping the interior of your home is just as important as prepping the exterior. Work your work through your house and test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. If these devices aren't working properly, swap out the batteries, and test them again. Replace the device completely if it appears to be defective or if new batteries don't get it up and running again. It's important to have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors in your home to ensure your family is protected from any harm.

(Last Updated On: October 28, 2020)

Mark Robards, Content Architect at iClean International, Netherlands. Mark has been a pet lover since childhood and now are best friends (and roommates) with a great dane, 2 labradors and a cocker spaniel. He has successfully incorporated his love for animals with work and is now the resident expert on all matters related to pet care at Iclean international.

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