Winter Home Maintenance
Get your home ready for winter—with this handy checklist of cold-weather maintenance that you can perform annually.
Remove all outdoor hoses.
Winter freezes can split and damage hoses.
Shut off outdoor faucets.
This prevents water from freezing in the pipes—and causing leaks in your basement. (For extra protection, turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.)
Service your furnace.
It’s worth a few dollars to have a professional service technician clean, repair, and examine your heating system before that first cold day of winter.
Clean your gutters.
Remove leaves, sticks, and other debris from your gutters to prevent clogs when snow melts.
Prune trees and shrubs.
Most trees and shrubs benefit from being cut back in the winter, but every variety is a little different. Check with your local garden shop (or search online) to see what works best for plants in your yard.
Buy winter gear.
It’s easier to buy ice melt before the first snow. Make sure you have a shovel or snow-blower on hand, too.
Clean out the chimney.
If you burn real wood in your fireplace, have a professional clean and inspect your chimney. You don’t want a chimney fire!