Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Everyone is familiar with the tradition of Spring Cleaning, but fewer people are familiar with the more important task of proofing your home for winter. Before it gets too cold outside, you need to make sure to check everything from your foundation to your roof to make sure that your home is ready to withstand the winter months.


  1. Check the roof and attic

    1. Let’s start with the roof. Make sure to clean out your gutters, removing leaves, twigs, and any built up water. You also need to check out your shingles and make note of any missing or damaged areas, which could indicate that your roof needs to be replaced.

    2. Next, move to the attic. Check for water stains and mold, which are usually indicative of a leaking roof or sub-par ventilation. For proper ventilation, make sure that none of the vents in the attic are covered or obstructed by insulation.

  2. Tighten up your insulation

    1. Make sure that you carefully inspect all forms of insulation around your house, including caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors. If you notice wear or tear, re-caulk and weather strip that area.

  3. Check your fireplace

    1. If you use your fireplace at all, it is necessary to have it inspected every year. The inspection will make sure that the chimney is free of obstructions, and that your are not at risk for a chimney fire due to buildup. If you aren’t due for an inspection, cap your chimney yourself and make sure that there are no obstructions.

  4. Foundation

    1. Between the ground and the start of your siding, there should be 6 inches of space. Make sure that the ground slopes away from the foundation and that there aren’t any shrubs or plants close to the side of the house holding moisture. Downspouts (from gutters) should direct water 10 feet from the foundation.

  5. Safety

    1. Test the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that your family stays safe during the winter months.

  6. Home systems

    1. Electrical system: to prevent electrical fires, ensure that all bulbs are screwed in. Also, if you haven’t done so yet this year, flip your circuit breaker to prevent corrosion

    2. HVAC systems (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning): this is something that you should a professional check at least once a year. On your own, be sure to replace the filters once every six months and drain your water heater once a year.

For more tips on preparing your home for winter, check this out.

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