This may be how you will be seen this weekend – strolling down an autumnal path, enjoying the fresh, cool, crisp air. Or, perhaps it’s how you would like to see yourself enjoy this month of November. But, just as fast as October flew by, the holidays will arrive sooner than you imagined.
Just remember that when the holidays start you will be engaged in endless card writing, shopping, party planning/attending and/or cooking. By that time, if you’re in the northeast, you may have experienced some white flakes floating outside your window. We are all checking the possibility for snow here in New Jersey next week.
As pretty as those snow flakes are, they arrive with cold temps and issues you may have encountered in your home last year. Issues like burst pipes, cold drafty windows and doors, slippery sidewalks and more may cause the holidays to take a turn for the worst.
To avoid a horrific holiday, grab a cup of coffee and check out the link below to see a step-by-step plan to protect yourself, your family and your home this winter.
My to-do list will include the following items:
- Cleaning out our gutters of leaves and debris
- Reversing our ceiling fans
- Using a fireplace chimney sweep log
- Covering our AC unit (never thought of that one before!)
- Trim trees
- Boost lighting – we will add additional recessed in our Family Room
- Turn off exterior hoses (Jim did that already)
- Update alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (we don’t currently have a carbon monoxide detector – but I’ll be at Lowes Carbon Monoxide Detector today.)
I would also add that if you’re the lucky owner of a shore vacation home, look into having your plumber install a water sensor. Already, two of my clients endured water leaks and damage while they were away in the past. Hopefully they’ve added a water sensor by now!
Thank you for staying with me on reading this important post. Here’s your prize for your thoughtfulness – the link to the article that caught my attention on winterizing your home.
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