Get Ready for Winter- Checklist Edition

Get Ready for Winter- Checklist Edition

  • Leslye Fligor
  • 12/1/23

Get ready for winter! Winterize your home checklist.

You know how winter arrives in New England… It’s 60 degrees and sunny one day and then a Nor’easter arrives the next bringing high winds and often snow. This winter season be prepared!


  • Have you had your heating systems/generator serviced recently?
  • Paint, caulk, and seal exterior surfaces.
  • Have a plan to rake and remove leaves if they are not being mulched while mowing (which is better). 
  • When last was your chimney cleaned? Do you have enough firewood?
  • Do you have sufficient fuel supplies for heating?
  • Do you have an emergency 5-day kit and plan for a potential power outage or blizzard?
  • Seal masonry and hard surfaces.
  • Change batteries for smoke alarms and smoke detectors or set a date to do so if your systems are not hard-wired.
  • Schedule a date to shut down your pool.
  • Schedule a date to shut down irrigation systems and drain exterior pipes/faucets. Mark all shut-off valves clearly for future ease of use.
  • Check your trees for weak or dead limbs that could break easily with the weight of snow/ice/wind and remove them. Don't prune/shape trees until later in Winter.
  • Store all equipment and sharpen tools early for the spring use.
  • Check your home for energy leaks that could reduce your heating bills.
  • Stock up on supplies for snow and ice removal and confirm your plowing schedule/contract.
  • Do you have an updated list of emergency numbers to call?
  • Do you have a power back-up for your phone/electronics?
  • Cover or store outdoor furniture.
  • Plan a date to mark your driveway for the snow blower.
  • Reverse ceiling fans.
  • Test your sump pump.

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