Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

As winter approaches, it’s crucial for homeowners to ensure their properties are well-prepared to withstand the colder months. Being proactive is far less costly than dealing with emergency repairs later on. 

Here are some weatherization tips to help you prepare for winter and keep your home warm and cozy. Feel free to utilize this checklist to ensure that you are on top of your winter home preparation!

Heating System Maintenance

Ensure that you are regularly maintaining your furnace. Unmaintained furnaces are more likely to break down, and demand for furnace repairs spike when exterior temperatures decrease. 

      ☐ Replace furnace filters 

      ☐ Schedule a furnace tune-up 

      ☐ Inspect the water heater for leaks 

      ☐ Flush the hot water tank 

      ☐ Ensure thermostats are functioning correctly


If you haven’t checked the state of your insulation for a while, you may want to check your attic. Proper insulation is crucial for retaining warmth indoors. Adequate insulation also helps reduce energy bills and maintains a comfortable temperature.

    ☐ Check for drafts 

    ☐ Inspect the attic and add insulation as needed

    ☐ Seal gaps or cracks using weather stripping or caulking to prevent heat loss and keep cold air out.

    ☐ Insulate pipes as needed

    ☐ Remove portable AC units 

Ducts & Vents

Home-owners should have their air ducts cleaned every 2-3 years. Dirty ducts compromise the air quality, and leaks can increase energy bills.

      ☐ Book a duct cleaning

      ☐ Clean dryer vents

      ☐ Cover outdoor AC Units and shut off power

      ☐ Test fire alarm and carbon monoxide detectors


Frozen pipes have a high risk of property damage when temperatures drop.

      ☐ Turn off exterior faucets and drain water

      ☐ Detach garden hoses

      ☐ Blowout sprinkler system

      ☐ Test the sump pump

      ☐ Insulate pipes and faucets in areas that are unheated or exposed to extreme cold.


Blocked gutters and roof leaks can lead to ice dams, flooding, and mold problems.

      ☐ Clean debris from gutters

      ☐ Inspect condition of roof

      ☐ Store lawn equipment, furniture, and grill to protect them form winter-related damage

      ☐ Trim trees and branches that could potentially cause damage during heavy snow falls

At the Hripko Real Estate Team, we understand the importance of proactive home maintenance to ensure comfort and safety during the winter season. Implementing these weatherization tips can save you from costly repairs and keep your home cozy throughout the colder months.

Remember, taking steps now to prepare your home for winter will not only keep you warm and comfortable but will also protect your property in the long run. Be proactive and ensure a cozy winter for your home!

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