Winterize Your Home

Winterize your home to help conserve energy and protects your property from damage caused by the cold weather. Here’s our handy to-do list:


  • Test all systems. Get serviced if necessary.
  • Clean out any debris or foliage in or around units.
  • Change filters regularly.
  • Arrange to fill up fuel tanks if necessary.
  • Reverse ceiling fans.
  • Pull out your warm clothes and blankets.


  • Look for drafts and apply weather stripping, caulk, etc.
  • Pull out A/C window units, drain, and store.
  • Install storm windows.
  • Close under the house vents.
  • Close vents in rooms you don’t use regularly.
  • Make sure curtains and blinds work properly.


  • Turn off outdoor spigots.
  • Detach and drain garden hoses.
  • Check and repair insulation on water heater and pipes.


  • Clean fireplace and chimney.
  • Check dampers.
  • Lay in fuel (logs and kindling, propane gas, etc.)

Other Winter Tasks

  • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Replace batteries.
  • Trim back brush around home.
  • Trim dangling tree branches.
  • Winterize lawn equipment.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Get emergency kit ready.

Looking to list your home sometime soon? Call Michelle Merritt at 703-232-5450 or send a message to the team to schedule a consultation.

The Merritt Team | Winterize Your Home Checklist