By Jarrod Heil

10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter is coming, and snow will soon be falling in many parts of the country. If you live in a winter wonderland, now is the time to prepare your home to handle the rigors of snowfall, freezing temperatures, increased electric bills, springtime financial surprises and home insurance claims.

Whether you’re preparing to leave your winter home for the season or ready yourself and your home to take on Mother Nature and her winter weather, there are a few things you should do to prepare your home before it’s too late.

The following easy fixes could save you a little — or a lot — of money along the way:

Insulate Hot-Water Pipes

Drain Exterior Faucets

Tune Up Heating System

Install Weatherstripping

Check Fireplace

Clean Gutters & Prevent Ice Dams

Inspect Attic

Install Programmable Thermostat

Reverse Ceiling Fan Blades

Test Sump Pump

Bonus: Prep Your Lawn Mower for Winter