With the soils frozen and the ground often covered with snow and ice, work on the outside of the home is limited toward preparations for the harsh winter. Our exterior winter home maintenance checklist provides maintenance tips to protect shrubs and other plantings throughout the cold, harsh months. Go through snow and ice removal tools and chemicals and make sure supplies are ready for the snowfalls. Take a few precautions to also guard the home against ice build-up that could cause damage to the home if untreated. Prepare and put up exterior decorations early and enjoy the holidays
Winterize yard tools and store them until spring when they can be maintained before the weather warms.
Provide shelter and protection to winterize shrubs and plants that are susceptible to harsh winter winds and temperatures.
Prepare for snow removal with tools and deicers organized and ready for the first wave of snow and ice.
Install plug-in snow melting devices for homes in areas that are regularly hit with snow and ice through the winter.
Prevent ice dam formations quickly and efficiently because they can lead to serious home damage. Ice dams are caused from trapped heat under the roof above an eave that is freezing, so the snow melts and then refreezes as an ice dam.
Regularly remove snow and ice throughout the season.
Evaluate all exterior light fixtures.
Hang Christmas decorations outdoors before the weather becomes harsh and the home is snow-covered.
Trap outside snow at the foot of the door before allowing its mush to travel throughout the home.
Build a temporary car shelter for the winter to protect the vehicles from snow, ice, and wind. A shelter will also prevent the need for scraping snow and ice off each morning.