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November 27, 2018 9:24 pm

Yes, “Game of Thrones” fans, that headline pretty much wrote itself; it was almost too easy. We just want to remind you that when fall hits, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your FirstKey Homes property for the colder weather. Below is a quick and easy checklist of things you can do to get your home ready for the first of the cold snaps:


• Clean gutters.

Clearing the fall leaves will help prevent gutter clogs — which can lead to roof leaks, gutter damage and even potential foundation problems.


• Check weatherstripping on doors that lead outside.

Proper weatherstripping will help keep the cold out and the warmth in, ultimately saving on your heating bills.


• Make sure you have faucet covers.

You’ll want to have these ready for the first freeze. While you’re at it, check the insulation on any exposed outdoor pipes.


• Check the chimney.

Clean ashes and other debris from the fireplace. Then have a peek up the chimney; if there seem to be any blockages, get in touch with us and we’ll advise you on next steps.


• Store or cover outdoor furniture.

If you know you’ll be unlikely to use patio or pool furniture in the coming months, it makes sense to move it into a garage, storage shed or other protected area. At the very least, covering the furniture can help protect it from the winter elements.


• Store hoses.

In colder climates where you definitely won’t be doing any yard or garden watering over the winter, disconnect and store hoses out of the weather; they’ll last longer and won’t cause damage from freezing to faucets.


WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Nothing burns like the cold.” —George R.R. Martin, “A Game of Thrones”


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