Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Getting Your Home Ready For Winter

Home Maintenance
Getty Images

It’s that time of year again.  The snow and winter will soon be here, and the things you do now can save you money and keep you warmer for winter.

While I am definitely no Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, here are some things you definitely need to do before the snow is here.

Take a walk around the house and make sure windows are shut and secure.  Walk outside and inspect each window.  Do they need to be caulked around the frame? Also, if you have basement windows,  putting on the turrets over the window wells is a good idea.  If you have any hoses, be sure they are taken in and the water is out of them.  If you have to shut off the water to the hoses, make sure that is done.

Once you’ve finished the caulking, and your hands are all sticky from applying the caulk like mine always are, it’s time to get on the roof.  Inspect all of your stuff on top.  See if things are lodged there that shouldn’t be.  Inspect to see if any caulking is necessary around the conduits.

Once you’re finished there and you’ve wiped the last of the caulk from your hands, maybe go into the garage and put fuel stabilizer into the gas tank of the lawn mower.  It’ll save you a lot of trouble starting it in the spring.  Also, fire up the snowblower and make sure it runs and everything is in working order, along with proper inflation on the tires.

Make a trip to the basement and see if you have a filter that needs replacing.  Also, check the water heater and furnace to see if all is well.

Is there anything I have left out?  Are there things you do that you would like to share?  Please comment and together, we’ll get through another winter in good shape.

Best of Kickin

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Kickin' Country VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Kickin' Country VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.