Cooler temperatures and rainy weather are already here, but its not too late to get your home and yard ready for the changing season!

1. Stock up on winter supplies

This isn’t often a concern for us in the Portland Metro Area, but after last winter we all learned it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared! Make sure you have a good snow shovel, and stock your glove box with an ice scraper. Restock your emergency kit with fresh water, batteries, and non-perishables.

2. Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses

Protect your pipes from bursting in freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before it gets too cold. Drain hoses and store them indoors, and if you have an irrigation system be sure to drain and winterize it.

3. Replace outdoor lighting

With shorter days on the horizon you will rely more and more on your outdoor lighting. Make sure you replace any dead bulbs and have plenty of backup if they go out over the winter few months.

4. Seal gaps where critters could enter

It only takes a tiny gap for a mouse or other animal to sneak into your house and make itself at home. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
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