With all the preparation for the inside of your house, it’s important that you don’t forget about the outside. If you prep the outside of your house now, then you’ll have to spend less time outside when it gets really cold.
The first thing you should do is maintain your walkways and driveway. If you have trouble spots in these areas, then snow and ice can accumulate on top of them and cause all kinds of hazards for you and your vehicles. Take a look outside and see if you need any flatwork repairs so you can save yourself the hassle down the road.
You may want to check on your snow shovel as well. A good heavy-duty plastic snow shovel with a metal edge for breaking through ice will suffice for most people. If you notice that your old shovel is too small or that the metal edge has worn down, maybe consider taking a trip to the hardware store and picking out a new one.
The second thing you should do is trim your trees. Take a walk around your house and see if there are any branches that could potentially break off during a snowstorm from heavy snowfall or wind. If there are any branches that could reach your house, they need to go. No one wants to deal with a hole in the roof or a smashed car during the winter months, or ever, for that matter.
When you’re outside checking out your trees, you should also detach your hose and cover the outside faucets. This is because your outdoor pipes are even more vulnerable to the cold than your indoor pipes. If you leave an undrained hose attached to a faucet, it can freeze a lot faster than you think, and this can result in flooding inside your home.
It’s recommended that you store your hoses away from your faucets during the winter. If you’re looking for more protection, you can go to the hardware store and buy insulated faucet covers for a relatively low price.
As you protect your faucets for the winter, make sure you also turn off your sprinkler system if you have one. Freezing temperatures can be detrimental to in-ground sprinkler systems. Help yourself out by saving the headache of having to replace the sprinkler and turn it off.
You can prepare your sprinkler system for the winter, but it’s highly recommended that you hire a team of professionals to do it for you so it’s done correctly.
Once the sprinkler is taken care of, go around back to your patio and store/cover your patio furniture. If you had to buy your own patio furniture, you know how expensive it can be. Store it or cover it up so that the harsh winter conditions don’t cause any kind of wear and tear. You can store the furniture in your garage or shed if you have one, or you can buy a nice cover that you can take off of the furniture in the spring.