winterizing your home

Winter is On the Way. Be Ready!

Prepare you Home For Winter in MN

If you have been in denial that winter is right around the corner, it’s a reasonable assumption that you are probably not ready to welcome it. That small dusting of snow on the ground should be a hint. It's winter's way of saying, "Ready or not, I'll be visiting you soon!" 

Getting caught off guard happens to the best of us. Take heart. Until we get hit with single digit temperatures or significant snowfall you still have time to get ready for the season. More good news, a warming trend is expected to move in this week.

For those of us who meant well but never quite got around to tackling the fall home checklist, Mother Nature is giving us a second chance. She is nice that way sometimes. Here are the fundamental ways to prepare for the worse that winter can throw at you.

How to get your MN House Ready for Winter

Here’s what to do.

  • Gutters: remove leaves and other debris. Don’t forget to check for leaks while you're up there.
  • The roof: Inspect for loose shingles and leaks.
  • The furnace: have a professional inspect, clean and tune that baby up for winter. Having it stop working in January in the middle of a deep freeze is not on anyone’s bucket list, trust me.
  • Remove window air conditioners and store for the winter.
  • ...

The Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Getting Your to MN Home Ready for Winter

That nip we feel in the air means fall is here. The season is synonymous with pumpkins, falling leaves, apple cider, and preventive home maintenance! What? Home maintenance - You know, like working around the house.

If you are a long-time homeowner, you know this drill. If this is your first home, listen up! Most of the necessary chores you can do yourself. Accomplishing these tasks will not only protect your investment but can also lower your energy bills.

While temperatures are still moderate, and before the snow flies, let’s get cracking! Here is my 21 step checklist. Accomplish them all, and you and your home will be as prepared for winter as you can be. Your family and your home will thank you for it.

Get your Yard Ready

1. The lawn needs some attention now if you want it to look its best in the spring. The autumn is the perfect time to aerate, fertilize and resee your lawn.

2. Never allow piles of leaves to sit on your grass for the winter. You can rake and bag them, compost them, or mulch back into the lawn. Municipalities have different regulations about how to dispose of leaves, so check your community website for directions.

3. Winterize the flower garden. Doing this now will save you lots of time in the spring. Clean up dead plants and debris. Divide your perennials. Dig up the tender bulbs that will not...