The winter season is well on its way, and it will be bringing more than just holiday cheer with it. Soon icy roads and snowcapped roofs will dominate the landscape. Is your home ready for the impending onslaught of rough winter weather? Today we have some MN general contractor tips to help you prepare your home for winter. Below are some quick tips from Schoenfelder Renovations, your go-to MN general contractor, for getting your home winter-ready. Clean Out the Chimney: If you want to avoid a potential house fire and home remodeling costs in the future, don’t light the chimney until the flue and chimney itself have been thoroughly cleaned. A sudden chimney fire can quickly become out of control and destroy your home. If you want to relax in front of a cozy fire this winter, ensure that the chimney and flue have been cleaned by a professional to keep your house and loved ones safe. Seal Windows and Doors: Don’t let cold air seep in or warm air leak out through gaps or cracks in your home’s exterior. If you notice a drafty window or door, chances are you need to install new weather stripping – a simple, inexpensive fix. If you have cracked or chipped windows, window replacement may be something to put on your Christmas wish list. Cracks can expand and shatter a window in extreme cold. Keep Gutters Clear: Gutters clogged with leaves and other debris can cause serious damage to your home’s roof and walls. Make sure that your house’s gutters have been thoroughly cleared out before the end of fall to prevent ice dams in winter. Ice dams occur when debris and ice clog the gutter and force rainwater or snowmelt into the walls and roof of your home. For help making sure your home is prepared for winter’s arrival, trust the professionals of Schoenfelder Renovations. As experienced MN general contractors, we know what it takes to keep a home safe and warm all winter long. Contact us today at (952) 345-2900 and we’ll be more than happy to get to work for you.