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Peter Hotton’s home winterizing checklist

The weather is perfect, just right for a jaunt to the Cape, a touch-football game, or a lazy day in the yard without a worry in the world. But there’s something lurking in the corner of your brain that is likely to spoil this idyll: How will my house make it through the vicissitudes of Old Man Winter?

It’s a good question, and right now there are seven chores that demand your attention. Some are easy, some are harder, and those too hard for an amateur are best left to a pro. To prepare, set aside a good chunk of time and gather the tools you’ll need.

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