Are You Ready for Winter Weather?

-provided by Community Associations Institute

Cold and wet conditions not only make you miserable, but they can damage your home. Some winterizing can wait, some can’t. Make a list of what needs to be done, and tackle the time-sensitive tasks first. Here’s a simple checklist from the association to help you get a jump on winter.

Indoor winterizing checklist

  • Examine doors and replace weather-stripping as needed.
  • Examine window caulking and reseal where needed.
  • Examine and repair vents where needed.
  • Clean chimneys and flues.
  • Remove items near heat vents.
  • Place nonskid runners or door mats outside to help keep water, sand and salt out of the house.

Outdoor winterizing checklist

  • Examine outdoor handrails and tighten if needed.
  • Turn off electrical breakers for outdoor equipment.
  • Close hose bibs.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear yard drains.
  • Spray outdoor locks and hinges with lubricant.
  • Stake driveway and walkway edges that may be difficult to find under deep snow.

Assemble, stockpile or refresh winter supplies.

  • Batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Ice melt and deicer
  • Sand
  • Snow shovels
  • Generator fuel
  • Antifreeze