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My Future - October 2013

As you winterize your home, can you also "futurize" it!
Work future-focused modifications into routine home maintenance to reduce effort, cost

By Melanie Ayotte, Boomerang Staff Writer

As the days start getting shorter and the nights get cooler, thoughts turn to preparing for winter in Ohio. By thinking beyond just making it through another Ohio winter, you can address some other tasks around the home that will help ensure your home is safe and accommodating for years to come.

Here are some examples of things you can tack onto your fall to-do list with little added cost or effort, which will have a lasting effect on your safety and security:

When you winterize

You can also futurize

Doors and Windows

Replace weather stripping and caulking; repair broken glass; seal drafts.

Replace door-knobs with rocker-level type door latches that are easier to grip and turn.


Clean and reorganize to make room for your car in order to keep it - and you - out of the elements as much as possible.

Add handrails or grab bars to both sides of the steps going from the garage to the house.

Front porch

Cover or store outdoor furniture; rake leaves; clear walkways of debris.

Add handrails to steps; paint front edges of steps to improve visibility.

In the yard

Remove garden hose and store inside; turn off outside faucet.

Attach a garden hose hanger to the house or post near the faucet; change faucet handle to an ergonomic faucet handle.

Gutters and downspouts

Clean out debris; clear path for downspout's flow.

Add gutter toppers and downspout slash guards for better drainage away from the house, sidewalk and steps.


Repair dripping faucets; check grout; check slow moving drains.

Install a comfort height toilet; replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) or halogen light bulbs; install grab bars in tub/shower area.


Clean carpet in the house; change entrance rugs.

Inspect carpet for wear and tear and replace or secure as needed; securely attach entrance rugs and throw rugs to eliminate slipping.

If you aren't able or can't afford to take on these projects, there are many organizations throughout Ohio that may be able to help. Ask your local area agency on aging, city or county office on aging, community action center, senior center or local United Way office about available programs in your area.

By futurizing this winter, you will be ready for many, many seasons in the coming years.


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