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As winter approaches, it’s essential to prepare the exterior of your home to ensure it can withstand the harsh weather conditions. Here are some key areas to focus on:

1. Inspect and Clean Gutters: Clogged gutters can lead to water damage and ice dams. Remove any debris and ensure that the gutters are securely attached to the house.

2. Seal Cracks and Gaps: Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or gaps where cold air and moisture could enter. Use caulk or weather-stripping to seal these areas.

3. Check Roof and Chimney: Inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles, as well as any signs of wear and tear. Ensure that the chimney is clear of debris and in good condition.

4. Trim Trees and Shrubs: Prune any overhanging branches or limbs that could potentially cause damage to your home during winter storms.

5. Store Outdoor Furniture: Protect your outdoor furniture by storing it in a shed or garage, or covering it with waterproof tarps.

6. Insulate Pipes: Prevent frozen pipes by insulating any exposed pipes, especially those located in unheated areas such as the attic or crawl spaces.

7. Check Exterior Lighting: Ensure that all exterior lights are working properly, as winter brings longer nights and adequate lighting is important for safety.

8. Test Heating System: Before winter arrives, test your heating system to ensure it’s functioning efficiently. Consider scheduling a professional inspection and maintenance if needed.

9. Prepare Landscaping: Clean up flower beds, remove dead plants, and consider planting winter-friendly vegetation to enhance your home’s curb appeal during the colder months.

10. Consider Snow Removal Equipment: Even though we live in an area that is not prone to heavy snowfall, consider getting some salt for your driveways and even a snow shovel.

By addressing these key areas, you can help protect your home from potential winter-related damage and ensure a comfortable living environment throughout the season. Give us a call at Xtreme Home Products for all the exterior home repairs you may have! We look forward to hearing from you soon. We serve Statesville, Troutman, Winston Salem, Taylorsville, Hickory, Denver, Sherrills Ford, Mooresville, Newton, Concord, Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius, Lincolnton, Charlotte, and surrounding areas.

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