Here is a checklist to get you started:
- Tree limbs – get those outta here! Dead/heavy tree limbs can fall and damage roofs, siding, railings, cars, or people.
- Put away outdoor toys before they become hidden in layers of snow.
- Inventory your snow removal supplies. Snow shovel still in working condition and easily accessible?
- Re-stock salt or sand for the driveway and sidewalk.
- Put the ice scraper, emergency gear and shovel back in the car if you took them out this summer to make room for coolers.
- Start your snowblower, plow, or snow machine to make sure it is in working order.
- Certain plants, like strawberry plants, should be covered with leaves to prevent the snow from direct contact.
- Schedule a pest control appointment before it freezes. Many people prefer to have the outside perimeter of their home sprayed to prevent pests from seeking refuge from the cold in their home.
- Inspect your roof for any damage that needs to be repaired before the snow flies.
- Place insulated covers on exterior water spigots.
- Schedule an appointment to change out your tires if applicable
- Have your sprinklers blown out.
- Check that your fireplace doesn’t need to be cleaned and that no repairs are needed
- If you have a carbon monoxide detector, check to make sure it is working correctly. If you don’t have one, GET ONE TODAY!
- Stock up on hot chocolate!
- Contact us if you need some recommendations for contractors to help you with any of these preparations.
What are your favorite winter tips? Post them here!
Also, don’t buy into the myth that you have to wait until spring to sell your house. We have buyers still looking for their future North Idaho home. Contact us today to find out how selling in the winter can be a good thing!