Winter is coming and it will be faster than you think. With how quick summer went by, in a blink of an eye, you could be seeing snowfall out your window rather than the sunshine. Although the west coast is blessed with pretty mild conditions during the latter months of the year, there are still precautions to take and things to do to prep for winter to ensure your home doesn’t run into any problems. Here are 5 things to do to your home to have a happy, warm winter.


Empty the Hose: There will be no need for this garden accessory once temperatures drop, but that doesn’t mean that you can just forget about it. Draining the hose is essential to make sure that once Spring rolls around again, you won’t be dealing with cracks in your hose or even worse, a busted faucet. Unroll the hose and allow it to drain completely before storing it away for the winter. 


Sweep the Chimney: With winter comes the dream of cozying up to the fireplace while enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, but you must think first: did you clean the chimney after using it last winter? If the answer is no, you may want to get it swept before winter sets in as excess gunk from the previous winter puts you at risk for a chimney fire.


Empty Your Planters: Very few plants are winter resistant so there’s no need to up the charm of your front yard with colourful flowers and beautiful greenery. Instead, save yourself the trouble and store away your planters for the winter. Be sure to empty out the soil as the retained moisture will expand in the cold and cause your planters to splinter and crack.


Clear Out the Gutter: The autumn season will leave your gutters full of leaves and debris which will lead to backups, ice dams, and even the potential for water leaks into your home. Before the temperatures drop to a point where it isn’t comfortable to be outside anymore, get up on that ladder and clear them out. If you’re not comfortable with heights or just not feeling up to the task, there are plenty of professionals that will happily do the job for you.


Inspect the Heater: While there may be no use for your heater at the moment, you won’t want to wait until your house is chilly to discover that there’s something wrong with your heating system. Test it now while the weather is still mild to make sure that everything is in working order. If anything is wrong, hire a professional to take a look at it and get it back up and running before temperatures reach below 0.


Although the winter is mild, it can be bitterly long. By doing these five things, you’ll make things a little more cozy and comfortable to survive the next four months.