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Feb 4, 2020

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Essential tips to protect your home for each new season.

A little home upkeep at the start of each season adds to the value of your home and protects against weather and other threats—while reducing long-term repair costs.


  • Inspect window and door seals; repair any leaks

  • Vacuum bathroom and kitchen exhaust fan grills and filters

  • Clear any debris blocking chimney

  • Test sump pump, if applicable

  • Inspect insulation, adding more as required

  • Insulate pipes near windows and doors

  • Stock a winter home survival kit


  • Change HVAC filters; clean dryer vent

  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Fill cracks in exterior concrete

  • Clear clogged gutters and downspouts

  • Drain hot water heater

  • Recaulk showers, tubs and sinks as necessary

  • Vacuum refrigerator coils

  • Review/update your home insurance policy


  • Schedule an air conditioner inspection

  • Get a professional roof inspection

  • Repair fences; trim back trees and shrubs

  • Check and clean septic system, if applicable

  • Powerwash driveway, deck and porch

  • Prep barbecue with a thorough clean

  • Wash windows, inside and out

  • Clean drains in kitchen and bathrooms


  • Change HVAC filters; clean dryer vent

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Check the roof for loose or missing shingles

  • Schedule a furnace inspection

  • Cover patio furniture or store it inside

  • Protect air conditioner with a waterproof cover

  • Seal exterior gaps where critters could enter

  • Drain and shut off exterior faucets and hoses

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