14 Outdoor Winter Home Maintenance Tips



As a follow up to last week’s post on interior winter home maintenance tips, here are some tips to help protect the outside of your property and yard this 2022-2023 winter season!

Outdoor Maintenance Tips

  1. Check your roof for damaged or loose/missing shingles that may leak during winter storms or from melting snow;
  2. Prevent ice damming with proper roof insulation and venting, and if prone to ice damming, install heating cables and use a roof rake to rake the snow off your roof;
  3. Caulk around windows and door frames to prevent drafts and leaks, and apply weather stripping around doors as needed;
  4. Clean gutters to avoid the backing up of water, leaks, or ice build up;
  5. Add extensions to downspouts so water runs at least three to four feet away from your home’s foundation;
  6. Turn off exterior faucets and disconnect and drain the hoses to prevent freezing;
  7. Inspect outdoor lighting to ensure it’s in good working condition;
  8. Repair outdoor steps and walkways and check handrails;
  9. Protect patio furniture by covering or storing indoors;
  10. Restock your winter essentials, such as salt, ice melt, and of course… shovels.


Yard Maintenance Tips

  1. If possible, mulch your leaves so that they decompose and nourish your lawn over winter;
  2. Trim dead tree limbs to prevent them from falling and damaging your home or yard in a storm;
  3. Protect outdoor pots and put away seasonal tools;
  4. Shovel snow away from your foundation to protect your home and prevent seepage.


Stay warm this winter!

The Costen Insurance Team