What to do to prep house for winter

Want to ensure your home is ready for winter and not lacking any regular maintenance? You can hire a pro or do it yourself.

Here are some suggestions from a maintenance company.

Inside

•Clean behind the refrigerator, clean coils, inspect for leaks and replace the water filter.

Deodorize and inspect the garbage disposal.

Clean range hood and dishwasher filters.

Caulk joints between sink and countertops and seal natural stone countertops.

Adjust and tighten cabinet doors and drawers.

Inspect plumbing connections and clean faucet and sprayer aerators.

Inspect outlets and clean inside light fixtures.

Drain and flush the hot water heater.

Make sure the furnace is tuned up and change the filters.

Outside

•Inspect the weather-stripping.

Clean and inspect gutters.

Have chimney inspected and cleaned.

Clean oil stains from garage floors.

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