How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

House in Winter

When the cold creeps in, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you properly prepared your home for winter. Sticking to a seasonal home maintenance checklist makes it easy to work through the areas of your home that need attention throughout the year. Before the temperature drops, work through this winter preparation checklist from The BrickKicker to ensure your home is ready to face the snow and ice ahead.

Winter Home Preparation Checklist 

With so many nooks and crannies in your home, it can be hard to focus on where to prepare your home for winter. The BrickKicker finds it helpful to break down your winter preparation checklist into different sections, allowing you to tackle each section thoroughly before moving on. 

Lawn, Garden, and Deck

  • – Cover patio furniture or store it in a garage or shed to prevent. 
  • – Aerate your lawn and apply winterizing fertilizer. 
  • – Trim overgrown branches away from power lines. 
  • – Turn off exterior faucets, draining water to prevent pipes from bursting.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

  • – Schedule an HVAC inspection and cleaning, ensuring your technician flushes systems and replaces air filters. This should also include maintenance on your hot water heater.
  • – Check your fireplace and exterior walls for drafts.
  • – Remove air conditioning units from windows or cover with insulated liners.
  • – Change ceiling fans to rotate in reverse direction to help circulate warm air. 

Roof and Gutters

  • Clean gutters and remove all debris. 
  • – Ensure downspouts extend away from the house to prevent flooding. 
  • – Replace any loose or missing roof shingles to prevent leaks. 
  • – Seal any small openings or vents to keep rodents from entering your home. 

Windows and Doors

  • – Change out window and door screens for storm doors. 
  • – Check for drafts and fill in with caulk where applicable. 
  • – Apply weatherstripping to keep drafts at bay. 
  • – Ensure your windows are free of cracks or gaps, while also checking for any decay around the frames. 

Stay Safe and Warm with The BrickKicker 

Working through this winter home preparation checklist will keep you warm and save on energy costs, but if any concerns come up along the way, The BrickKicker can help! Our certified and experienced team can inspect your home and spot issues before they develop into major problems, saving you time, money, and worry throughout the winter. Schedule an inspection today, and enjoy a cozy winter!

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,


Andrew Fox