As the cold air moves in there are many projects and repairs that can be done to prepare your home for winter. Taking care of small problems now could save you a lot of money down the road in repair costs for things like water damage.

Speaking of water damage, as the leaves fall it is important to keep your gutters free of debris so water can flow to the correct place. When gutters are clogged water will spill over the sides and can cause flooding which can end up seeping into your house. When the water starts to freeze even more damage can ensue. Also, it is important to remember to shut off the water on your hoses when the time comes to prevent the pipes from bursting.

It’s hard to think that snow is on the way already but before the storms begin it is a good idea to check the roof for any issues. Roofing is expensive but if you catch any loose shingles or leaks before the snow comes you will be doing your wallet a favor.

If you want to save on energy costs this season you should install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. This way you can lower the temperature of your home when you are at work or sleeping which can save you a lot of money off your heating bill.

While we’re on the topic of heat, you should go around your house and check around windows and doors to see if you feel any leaks. Caulking windows or adding new weather stripping to doors is simple and effective way to keep the heat inside.