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4 Must-Dos to Prepare Your Home for Winter 🏠❄️

Getting your home ready for the frigid temps probably isn't on the top of your to-do list.

But despite the recent 70° weather, winter is sure to sneak up quickly, and we want to help you prepare!

1. Seal and insulate. This small investment can save you a lot of money on your energy bill.

• Caulk or use weather stripping to close gaps around doors and windows.

• Check the insulation in your basement, attic, and around pipes. • Install storm doors and windows.

2. Inspect your fireplace. Before using your fireplace or wood stove, have it inspected and the chimney or flue cleaned by a professional. A fireplace needs regular maintenance to ensure it's running safely and efficiently.

3. Trim tree limbs and branches. Maine winter storms show no mercy, and the last thing you need is a tree limb coming down on your home. Overhanging limbs can also cause excess water to seep into cracks in the roof or siding. Even more reason to make sure they're trimmed back before winter.

4. Clear out gutters and downspouts. The icy mass of a clogged and frozen gutter can get under the shingles and damage the roof. Clogged and frozen downspouts can damage your home's foundation. After cleaning out your gutters and downspouts, ensure there aren't any areas that are sagging and trapping water. 

What is the first home task you do to prepare for a Maine winter?

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