Everything You Need to Winterize Your Home

As temperatures drop and supply chain issues remain, it’s important to begin thinking about everything you’ll need to prepare your home for the winter. This list is a great place to start.

Snow Shovel

Even if you live in an apartment and simply want to keep your balcony clear of snow and ice, investing in a shovel early guarantees you can get the one you want – at the price you want. Whether you want an ergonomic option, a collapsible option for easy storage, or a heavy-duty, wide-base shovel, it’s up to you. You’ll have more selection the earlier you shop.

Check Your Thermostat

We assume everything in our home works as we want it to, but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. So, if you haven’t yet, turn on your heat and make sure it’s working. If there is a problem, you can get ahead of it before it’s too late.

Replace Smoke Detector Batteries

Winter is the most common time of year for home fires, so it’s essential to check your smoke detectors to ensure they’re working properly. While you’re at it, check your carbon monoxide detectors as well. Replace the batteries in these devices, test them, and feel more confident in the process.

Seal Your Exterior Doors & Windows

There’s nothing worse than paying for heat when half of it is leaving through the cracks in your house. For this reason, you should make sure the weather stripping on your doors and windows is up to par. That way, your heat stays inside where it belongs without the massive energy bill to go along with it.

Invest in a Generator

A generator can be a life-saving tool to have in the event of a major winter storm, but if you wait until a dismal forecast, it may be too late. Of course, follow the directions to your generator exactly, and always adhere to these general safety guidelines.

Grab Some Salt

When that icy weather comes your way, we know you want to keep yourself, your pets, and your guests as safe as possible. Investing in salt for your driveway and sidewalks will help to minimize the risk of anyone slipping and falling on your property. Plus, it makes your job a lot easier when it comes to shoveling.

Winter Gear

If you are frequently outdoors during the winter, having the right gear is important, from gloves, scarves, and hats to coats and long underwear. If it is particularly snowy where you live, a pair of warm, waterproof snow boots should be at the top of your list. You should also check out our tips for choosing a winter coat.

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