Knowing what spring cleaning implies, you probably have some notion what it means to winterize your home. Autumn means winter is around the corner, and you should use the chance to make sure that your house is ready for it. At this time of year, with the vegetation dying out, inspecting the house is easier, so you can tell if any shrubs are hanging onto the house. Clean away roots and vines clinging to the siding, if not they may cause damage - even bricks are vulnerable.
When you have finished your final watering, empty, roll up and store all the hose. The water source to faucets outside the house must be cut, and then these can dry out. Whenever you believe that you won't use the garden furniture once more that year, get it cleaned and stored in a dry place. Any kind of young trees you may have planted, you should protect them with mulch, especially if it is their first winter. All drainage ditches really should be cleared so that they can cope with any heavy rains.
Cold temperature naturally leads one's thoughts to fireplaces. Try to get your chimney swept soon enough, before the first cold spell, because that's typically when everyone wakes up and wants it done. One never knows how the supply of firewood will be, so if you are going to need some, try and locate some in plenty of time. Try rural areas whenever ot convenient, where local people may sell firewood without the cost of advertising. Check and ensure that all the smoke alarm systems are working, irrespective of whether you light fires in winter or not. Many people leave holiday lights up all year, and the cables should be checked for flexibility. And now is the time for you to get the storm windows fitted. You should check if any of the weather-stripping has become dried out from the summer's heat and needs to be replaced.
Establish the good working order of the stove hood filters, since during winter the windows are mostly closed. Complete a check of the ground-slope all around the residence, ensuring that it falls away from the walls. You don't want the problems associated with water getting into the basement or the foundation. First it can cause wet rot, which in turn could cause dry rot, which is not something you want in your home anywhere. Make the attempt of examining, at regular time intervals, that water is not seeping into your home.
Leaks will not be kept at bay forever, so check the places where leaks most commonly occur, these being the roofing, the guttering, the downpipes and the interior plumbing. Make it a priority to get any sort of leaks you see fixed. Reduce a draft by covering up air-conditioning units, and consider wrapping exterior pipes, especially if the house is older. Your carpets and rugs ought to be shampooed to clear out dust which in winter is readily noticed. Finish off simply by cleaning the windows.