Angie's List: Four ways to get your home ready for Winter

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The roof is a top priority because it provides direct shelter from the elements.
LEWISTON, ID - The fall season offers homeowners a final chance to prepare for the upcoming cold weather.

"Taking care of your furnace is the most important thing you can do in the wintertime," said Angie's List owner Angie Hicks. " What we hear from heating and cooling contractors is that the most common reason for emergency calls is because the furnace wasn't properly maintained. Investing in a checkup this fall costs anywhere from $60 to $100 and is money well spent."

The roof is a top priority because it provides direct shelter from the elements. It's also one of the most expensive and time-consuming to fix.

"If you have a roof problem it's going to obviously let water into your house eventually, which can damage the underside of the roof deck itself that's what the shingles are nailed to as well as drip down and get into the interior drywall of the house the structure itself," said roofing contractor Jim Keffer.

Schedule an appointment to service your heating system. A tune up can make sure it's in top working order. And check your furnace filters each month. A clean filter distributes heat better and cuts your energy costs.

Unless you're looking for unwanted guests this winter it's going to be important to make sure your house is sealed tight. Walk around the exterior of your house and look for any small cracks or holes. Remember even the tiniest crack can be inviting to unwanted guests.

A handyman can conduct an inspection of the home to determine what steps need to be taken to improve the home. They can determine where air is escaping in windows and exterior doors.