What you’ll need to be ready for winter, from 5 experts

It’s the season for family gatherings, getting cozy in front of fires and baking cookies. Hygge only happens, though, when a home is prepared for the cold, ice and snow and the havoc they can wreak. “One of the most important things to think about when you’re winterizing your home is water and any place that it could freeze,” says Tamara Day of Kansas City, Mo., host of HGTV’s “Bargain Mansions.” Check your pipes, she advises, and make sure exterior garden spigots are disconnected from hoses and are topped with winterizing caps. Keep a shovel ready, as well as salt — making sure it’s the kind that won’t damage your driveway. We asked Day and four other winter experts what else they would keep on hand for winter hibernation.

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