9 Winter Prep To-Do

The weather is getting colder and the days are becoming shorter, which means its almost winter. 
 
Here are 9 things that should be on your to-do list, to get your property ready for winter.
  1. Order firewood – If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, its a good idea to stock up on firewood as early as possible.
  2. Hire a chimney sweep -If you use your fireplace, you should have it cleaned by a chimney sweep. You should also check for any debris and cracks in the chimney. And creosote buildup and debris such as leaves and bird nests could become a fire hazard.
  3. Hire a snow removal company -Hire snow removal Toronto so you don’t have to worry about hurting your back while shovelling snow this winter
  4. Stock up on sand and salt – Purchase some salt or sand before the first snowfall. This will give you some extra traction when it’s time to shovel the sidewalk and driveway.
  5. Clean gutters – If you haven’t already, clear gutters of debris including sticks, pine cones and leaves so melted snow will drain properly. And make sure the downspouts are away from your home’s foundation to help prevent basement leaks and flooding.
  6. Clean your yard – Trim any trees or bushes that have overgrown or seem to have broken branches. Rake the leaves and put away all seasonal furniture. 
  7. Inspect Insulation – Adequate insulation will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  If you don’t have enough insulation your heating system will have to work overtime. Adding some insulation to your attic, walls and crawlspace, you can save money on heating costs.
  8. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working in your home. Test and replace batteries as needed. 
  9. Prepare for a storm – Power outages are a common thing during winter. Make sure you’re prepared with and have at least 3 days worth of bottled water and non-perishable food. As well as flashlights and their batteries, first-aid supplies, charged up power bank and a smartphone charger.

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