The Boston Globe's Winter Prep Checklist

Home Improvement

(Illustration by Ryan Huddle)

A step-by-step guide for home and garden winter prep

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting an “ice cold & snow-filled winter” in the Northeast, so let’s button down, bundle up, and brace ourselves and our homes before the flakes fly. Winter storms in the United States caused an estimated $3.5 billion in insured losses in 2015, up from $2.6 billion in 2014, the Insurance Information Institute has reported, so we’ve compiled a to-do list to help you prepare and persevere. The list is comprehensive!  Here is a few to start. Be sure to click on the below link to view the entire month-to- month to-do list guide. 

■ Clear gutters and drain pipes and make sure they usher water away from the house.

■ Inspect for water stains on the underside of the roof sheathing. Also look for rot, mildew, and fungus, which would indicate high humidity levels in the attic.

■ Check to make sure the insulation is not wet or missing.

■ Make sure the attic vents are open and unobstructed. If you don’t have soffit or ridge vents, keep your gable vents open year-round to ensure proper ventilation. Look for vermin, bird nests, and insect infestations.

■ Remove the ashes from the fireplace firebox, but have your chimney professionally cleaned and checked before the winter-heating season starts.

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Winter Prep Checklist