Prepare Your Home For Winter

We’ve been enjoying a warm, but wet fall and now is a great time to do a few simple things to your before we head into winter. We see lots of homes and can tell you without a doubt that an ounce of prevention now will save you thousands of dollars later in deferred maintenance items when you go to sell.

In an effort to not overwhelm you with projects, we’ll break all the home maintenance projects down by season so it’s easy to stay on top of everything. This post will focus on the preparing for winter.

Fortunately we live in a very mild climate, but we typically see a few days of freezing temperatures so it’s important to take care of this stuff now while it’s still warm and light enough to do it.


We’ll start outside at the top and work our way down. The inspection process should take you less than 30 minutes.

  • Roof
    • Visual inspection for missing shingles, repair and replace as needed
    • Address any moss with moss removal product, don’t pressure wash
  • Gutters
    • Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees, now is the time to get them out of your gutter
    • Walk around house and make sure each gutter is properly draining into the downspout and no water is pooling near the house
  • Siding
    • Visually inspect to make sure all siding is intact and hasn’t blown off. Note any paint issues for repair when it’s warm and dry enough
    • Inspect condition of caulk around trim and windows, repair as needed
    • Move any dirt that’s come into contact with the siding away to prevent rot
  • Trees/shrubs
    • Trim back any trees or shrubs that are touching the house
    • Trim any branches that look like they might hit the house in the event of a windstorm
  • Hose bibs
    • Disconnect, drain and store all hoses to prevent damage from freezing
    • Install hose bib insulating caps at all hose bibs
    • If your house is equipped with remote hose bib disconnect, turn it off
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Change furnace filter, set calendar reminder to check/change again in 30 days because the furnace will be running more often.
  • Inspect weatherstripping on all doors and windows, replace where needed
  • Buy winter supplies now, it doesn’t snow that often in Seattle, but when it does you can’t buy a sled, snow shovel or deicer

If this all sounds too complicated, let us know and we’d be happy to come out and walk you through the process.

If you want a more thorough inspection, our home inspector partners offer ongoing inspections to make sure you stay on top of home maintenance. Let us know and we can connect you with one.

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