Some areas of the country have already had an early start to winter and for the rest of us, time is getting short.
Now that the leaves are off the trees it is a good idea to clean the eavestrough, downspouts, gutters and valleys to prevent ice dams and unnecessary weight in the eavestrough which cannot drain properly.
When you are outside cleaning your eavestroughs it is also a good time to take a quick look at any trees on your property. Look to see if any limbs are brushing up against your house, near your chimney or are in contact / close proximity with your power or telephone lines. Damage can occur as result of high winds or ice-laden boughs. Appropriate trimming by a licensed arborist now may save you considerable inconvenience this winter. Also look for trees that are leaning and may come down on a power line and contact the utility company for removal.
Steps and sidewalks can be hazardous to your wintertime health - if you use de-icers pick them up early so you have them on hand when you need them. Remember some of these products are not recommended for properties with wells or concrete surfaces. For locations where chemical de-icers are not appropriate, sand or non-clumping kitty litter will provide some traction but do not melt snow.