Once Halloween is over, people’s thoughts start turning to Thanksgiving and cooler temperatures, then quickly turn to Christmas and frigid temperatures. Once you’ve pulled out and checked your checklist for Christmas decorations, it’s time to start preparing your home for the winter ahead and the bitterly cold temperatures that are sure to descend on your home.

While you’re checking the list twice, decorating the Christmas tree and putting up lights on the outside to show the world you’re merry and bright, make sure to follow the tips below for home repairs to do before winter rears its ugly head.

Check the furnace.

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The first and foremost thing you want to do when you’re preparing your home for the winter ahead is contact a reputable heating and air company to come out and do a full inspection of your furnace. The last thing you want is to wake up on a freezing cold winter’s morning, only to find that your house is like ice because the furnace doesn’t come on. You can also have them check your AC unit at the same time, just to get a jump on the next summer’s inspection if you feel like it.

While your furnace might be running fine at the end of the winter, it’s possible that even a little thing went wrong over the long summer months. It’s best to have the furnace checked and repaired if it’s needed than to be without heat in your home on the coldest day of the year.

Check your gutters and drainage.

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While it’s not fun to get on the roof and clean your gutters, it can end up saving you a ton of money in the long run. You’ve got to be sure that your roof can handle the weight of snow, ice, and torrential downpours, and a gutter that drains properly is part of that. A gutter that is clogged is apt to overflow and then break, causing a ton of damage to your roof and the inside of your home. If you’re not comfortable inspecting and cleaning your gutters yourself there are plenty of reputable companies out there that will be glad to come and do it for you. Besides, cleaning your gutters helps to get rid of pests that might gather in the clogged and debris strewn gutters and make their way into your home.

Check the roof.

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Speaking of climbing on the roof to clean your gutters, your roof is going to need some attention while you’re up there as well. You want to make sure there are no leaks, missing shingles or soft spots in your roof that could cause problems when the wet season arrives. It’s usually a good idea to have your roof inspected, repaired, and replaced by the professionals as doing it yourself can lead to slips and falls that you don’t want to deal with during the holiday season. There are plenty of roofing companies that will come out and do the job for you, just make sure you do your research and get a reputable one for this crucial job.

Check your pipes.

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Even a small leak can lead to a disaster once the temperature plummets and things start to freeze. The last thing you want is to wake up to busted pipes in your home one morning. All piping should be inspected and anything that is exposed should be wrapped so that it can withstand the freezing temperatures to come.

These are just a few of the home repairs that you should check and complete before the winter season truly begins. Have a great holiday, but make sure that your home is repaired for the winter, so your Christmas can continue to be merry and bright.