Ready Set Winterize

Ready Lawn Equipment - fall is a good time to gather yard tools and bring them out of the weather. This includes your patio furniture. Spend some time sharpening or lubricating your tools, and oiling the handles as well. Use a mill file for sharpening edges as this is an inexpensive way to prep your tools for use. By spraying a water-resistant silicon based lubricant or a similar lubricant on tools you will prevent rust and enables tools like hedge shears to open and close easily without sticking.  Apply oil on wood handles to insure they do not splinter. 

Pick up Yard Tools/Store Patio Furniture - bring in hummingbird feeders and hanging baskets out of the weather. Remove dead plants and remove/store dirt for next seasons planting. Store patio furniture out of the weather or put under cover to prolong the life of the furniture. If you are selling your home in the winter putting away patio furniture lets’ buyers know you take care of your items.  

Clean Gutters/Empty&Disconnect Hoses - it’s easy to overlook cleaning your gutters when spring and fall roll around—there are so many other chores to be done!  By cleaning gutters, you will prevent overflows that may lead to rain dripping down your siding or other issues as well. Stay safe from a fall and use one of the many tools you can use from the ground. Some of the tools that can be used to clean your gutters yourself are: Leaf Blower, Wet/Dry Vacuum, Power Washer or your Garden Hose; all have gutter attachments.  Find a local hardware store that sells the above items and you should be able to find the particular attachments. Make sure to disconnect and drain hoses.  This will ensure you will not have frozen hose bibs or a frozen hose. 

Drain Your Lawn-Irrigation System - time to get the air compressor out or call someone who services sprinklers to drain your lawn-irrigation system. This will save you from the headache of broken piping in the spring. 

Don't Prune Trees or Shrubs Until Late-Winter - fall or early spring is a good time to trim most trees and shrubs but not all, check with your local nursery for your specific type of tree or shrub. Trees and shrubs go dormant in the winter months thus making it the best time to make the proper cut. It also gives the plant time to recover  thus making sure that bacteria, fungi, parasites and insects do not invade your plant. 

Purchase deicer/snow shovels - early fall is a good time to stock up on deicer and snow shovels.  Don’t be the last in line during the first snow or ice over.  Please purchase pet friendly deicer for your sweet furry babies. 

Call a Chimney Sweep/Order Firewood - early fall is a good time to schedule your once a year sweep and inspection.  Sweep is to remove soot, blockages and built-up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber and damper. ... Creosote can also reduce the draw of the fireplace and reduce efficiency.  Order your firewood, pellets, or refill your propane tank to stay cozy all year long.  If storing firewood, store 25 feet from house or wood buildings.  

Paint, caulk and seal exterior wood - caulking can crack or loosen seal out in the elements. Caulk and seal exterior wood to ensure it can take the winter weather and prevent water damage. Prep, prime, and paint exposed wood.  

Check outdoor lighting - winter months are dark.  Ensure pathways are well-lit to avoid missteps. If using solar lights this is a good time to clean the solar panel with water and vinegar to remove hard water build up from solar panel.  

Change Batteries in Fire Alarm - change batteries and check operability of fire extinguishers and Carbon monoxide detectors. It is always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher or two. Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position, and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full.  

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans- in the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step! 

Service Heating System/Change Filters - call your favorite HVAC company to have your filters changed and heating system serviced to make sure it is running with top efficiency.