Preparing Your Home for Winter
The winter months can be cruel on your home no matter where you live. Gusting winds can batter plants. A snowstorm could stress an older home’s roof.
Even a few days of heavy January rain could wreak havoc on clogged gutters and downspouts.
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you just want to keep your house intact this winter, there are simple steps you can take to protect your home from whatever wintry forces of nature come your way.
1. Inspect Your Roof
Schedule a roof inspection before the winter weather hits so a professional can thoroughly inspect your roof’s condition and make recommendations. Ask the inspector to check for missing or loose shingles, blocked gutters or potential sources of mold and decay.
2. Check for Air Leaks
Luckily, it’s easy to perform your own home check and seal any leaks. Check all the window frames and doors in your home for cracks where cold air could come through. You should check any vents and phone lines as well – really, any potential opening from your home to the exterior.
If you find a leak, use caulk and weather stripping to seal out the cooler air, or consider installing storm windows for the winter months.
3. Clear the Gutters
You can grab a ladder and clear the debris yourself, or you can hire local professionals to safely take care of the job. Clean gutters now will spare you a headache later this winter!
4. Clean the Chimney
You can try to clean the chimney yourself if you want to get your hands dirty. But it’s far easier and safer to hire a chimney cleaning company to inspect and clear your chimney and fireplace, so you can curl up by the fire all winter long.
5. Clear the Yard
Consider bringing your more fragile plants indoors if you live in a colder climate, and remove any annuals you have planted. Put away any outdoor furniture you have, and clear out any fallen leaves so they don’t suffocate the lawn. Finally, store all your gardening tools for the season so they don’t rust or wear down before the spring.
6. Prepare the Pipes
Insulate indoor pipes in parts of the home that are typically unheated, like the attic, garage or crawl spaces. The Red Cross recommends keeping the thermostat at the same temperature throughout the day and night so the pipes aren’t subject to drastic temperature changes, and check all the faucets regularly throughout the winter season.
Getting a home ready for Winter details really matter. If your ready to Sell, it doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking we realize the decision to Sell or Buy is a personal one that depends on your financial situation, future plans and lifestyle.
When you’re working with real estate professional Carriene Porter of Precision Realty & Associates, you’re guaranteed to get the expertise and advice you need to sell or buy your home. If you prefer a more personal touch, CALL 801-809-9866 today.
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