This is a very "timely" post since I have been, among other things, getting ready for the winter months and the possibility of the "white stuff" making an appearance outside my door in the months to come.
With that in mind, we have a guest post written by our friend Clara Castro.
Getting the house ready for winter is a priority up here in the Northeast, as it should be wherever cold weather strikes. Its a great way to save money in these tough economic times, as well as notice any small problems that might become big, expensive problems come springtime.
We put up the storm windows in October. This is when we look for any signs of termite damage, mold, or rot. The storm doors go on next. These go a long way to keeping snow where it belongs: outside of your house.
We always test the back-up generator. You do not want to be without heat during a Noreaster. We heat with natural gas, so we always make sure the furnace is in good working order. Ideally, we never have to depend on the generator. We also have the in-ground sprinklers blown out so that no water freezes and bursts any pipes.
Its hard work, sure, but definitely worth it. Getting the house ready for winter means we dont have to worry; we can settle down in our cozy living room, watch some directv, and dream of the warm days of springtime.