Preparing Your Home for the New Year

Interior of home with four seasons in windows

For most people, your home is the most significant investment you’ll make. It’s important to take care of it, stay on top of routine maintenance, and keep it in the best condition possible. With that in mind, we have you covered for the year.

Below are some common home maintenance steps to make sure you are ready for the season.


When the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to make sure your home is working properly in warm weather. You may want to hop on the roof and do a quick inspection. While you’re up there, cleaning the gutters will make sure there is a proper water flow. If your gutter system is showing signs of aging, it may be time to install a new system before heavy rains set in. It’s also a good time to check the condition of screens and windows.  Don’t forget the clear the clothes dryer exhaust pipe!


Summer is the ideal season for roof maintenance and repair. Now is the time for a chimney inspection, chimney flashing repair,  or new chimney. Check for cracked rubber boots around vent pipes and missing shingles while you’re up there!

The winter freeze and spring rains can wreak havoc on your drainage system. Make sure your soil still slopes away from the foundation, and that water naturally flows away from your home. Gutter extensions are a great way to allow water to cover more distance from your home. Make sure there are no areas collecting standing water.


As you’re headed back into the cool season, it’s a good idea to make sure your home is ready for the winter. An HVAC tune-up can make sure your home’s interior is ready for colder temps before they become a reality. You can also caulk around windows and doors to add an extra layer of protection from the elements.

It is a good idea to clean and inspect gutters and downspouts again to prepare for the winter. Check weatherstripping, replace furnace filters, and consider if your home has adequate insulation to maintain steady temperatures another holiday season.


You’ll want to make sure your home is in adequate condition to withstand the harsh temperatures that can come with winter in the Midwest. Before the worst of winter sets in, you can make sure to consider exterior siding options and a roof replacement. You’ll probably want to consider your home insulation as well. These are the main barriers to the cold temps and harsh, blowing winds, and brutally cold temperatures.

Are you looking to make some significant home improvements this year?
If it’s time to make some roofing or siding enhancements in 2018, you don’t have to do it on your own. Contact an experienced Chicago-area roofing company today.