Preparing your home for the winter can be a difficult task but can save you a lot of time and money later on. Here is a short list of projects that you should consider completing this fall to damage caused by the winter months.

General Maintenance - Complete before the first snowstorm

  • Remove leaves from lawn and mow it one last time before it snows.
  • Hire a professional who can flush out your sprinkler system and close any valves for outside hoses and showers to prevent freezing pipes.
  • Clear your roof of overhanging tree limbs to prevent roof damage in the event of a strong winter storm.
  • Put reflective stakes outlining your driveway and property line to prevent plow damage.
  • Weather-seal all windows and doors to prevent drafts that drain the heat from your home.

Pay Special Attention to:


Gutters need to be cleaned at the start of every winter season to prevent damage to the gutter system or your house. Remember, cleaning gutters can be dangerous, so hire a professional if you do not have the proper equipment and training. Overflowing gutters can cause damage to your foundation and can ruin landscaping that’s below the gutter.


Chimneys are prone to cracks and water damage. If left unattended these leaks can completely destroy your chimney or even cause flooding in your attic.

Hire a chimney sweep to remove glaze, creosote and soot to prevent an accidental fire from starting.


Check your roof for any missing shingles, holes in the trim or plywood, or missing vents, which may cause leaks and flooding in the heavy snow months. It’s also important to note that animals may try to make your attic their home when it’s cold, so any openings should be sealed before the frost.

When it comes to protecting your home from the harshness of winter, preparation is key. If you follow these steps, your home will be ready to weather the cold.

This information is provided for your convenience and is not intended as insurance advice. The views, opinions, and advice expressed in this article do not represent those of Homesite Group Incorporated. Please consult your insurance carrier or agent for information regarding your policy or coverages.