8 Ways to Prepare your Home for Winter

November 8, 2018 | By Starr Realty Group at Keller Williams

The leaves are falling and colder days are blowing in.  Winter is just around the corner – is your home prepared for the change in weather?  Take these steps below to lower your utility bills and ensure your investment is protected from the elements.

  1. Check the Roof. Look for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that could allow water to leak in from winter storms or melting snow.  Also, remember to check the flashing seals around chimneys and vent stacks, and repair as needed.
  2. Clean the gutters. Check your gutters for build up of leaves and debris.  Clean out all gutters to ensure proper water flow and avoid potentially costly damage to the roof, siding, and trim due to water backup and overflow. 
  3. Turn off Exterior Faucets. Disconnect all garden hoses and drain faucets of water to prevent freezing.  Frozen pipes can burst and cause damage to surrounding areas.  If you don’t have frost-proof faucets, be sure to turn off the water valve inside your home as well.
  4. Have your Fireplace, Chimney, and Vents cleaned. Chilly fall nights and winter days are perfect for lounging in front of your fireplace.  Before you throw the first log on, have your fireplace, chimney, and vents cleaned and/or repaired to prevent chimney fires and potential carbon monoxide seepage.
  5. Stock up on Winter Essentials. The snow and ice will soon be falling – do you have the tools needed to dig out?  Make sure you have a shovel, snow blower, salt/ice melt, and/or a car snow scraper on hand so you’re ready to go for the first storm of the season!
  6. Mulch your Leaves. Put down the rake and pull out the lawnmower – when it comes to getting rid of your leaves, the experts say that mulching is best.  Rather than raking or bagging your leaves, use your lawnmower to mulch them right back into the grass.  The leaves will breakdown and provide nutrition for the lawn over the winter.
  7. Tune up your Heating System. Have a technician inspect and service your furnace or heat pump to ensure the system is in good, working order.  If your system is nearing the end of its useful life, consider replacing it to avoid being without heat as you wait for a technician during the frigid winter months.
  8. Reverse your Ceiling Fans. Use the reverse switch, found on most ceiling fans, to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction and push the warm air down from the ceiling.  This is especially helpful for rooms with high ceilings.

Winter is also a great time to put your house on the market! The colder weather ensures that most everyone looking is a serious buyer who is willing to brave the elements to shop for a home.  Do you know someone looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate?  Contact us at (860)325-2484 or inquiries@StarrRealtyGroup.com.


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