Fall is here and it means the colder weather is just around the corner. Is your home ready for the cold season? Winter can come quickly so it is always a good idea to prepare your home beforehand. You may think that your home is fine and doesn’t need any preparation at all but when you look closely, you will realize there are lots of things you need to do.
Preparing your home for winter doesn’t just make your life comfortable during the coldest time of the year, but it can also prevent big maintenance issues which can be costly. And your home’s heating costs spiraling out of control is definitely the last thing you would want this winter, wouldn’t you? Here are a few tips you can do to make your home winter ready.
- Make sure to turn off your water spout
Your home water pipes and spouts can be easily damaged by the cold weather. During winter, your pipes may freeze and bursts; and repairs can be really costly. In order to avoid this problem from happening, make sure to drain your entire outdoor faucet and turn off your water spout especially when you are going away for the winter holiday.
- Don’t forget to check your crawlspace
Your crawlspace is a critical part of your home, especially during the cold season and the condition of this area can make or break your heating costs. To avoid having cold feet during winter, make sure that your crawlspace is properly sealed and insulated to ensure that your home is comfortable enough.
- Check your roof
Your roof serves as your umbrella that protects your home from external harm. Before winter starts, inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles that may cause leakage when the winter snow starts melting. And while you are there, might as well check your chimney and clean your gutters too. A clear gutter will prevent ice dam problems that may require an expensive fix. Make sure to seal anything that is leaking. Or hire a professional to do the repair for you.
- Inspect your windows
Drafty windows can cause havoc not only in the coziness of your home but also in your energy bills. If you don’t want your hard-earned money to fly out of the window, make sure to seal all the cracks or at least cover your windows with shrink wrap. Replace loose weather stripping around your windows and doors and caulk all entry points. Or if you have the budget, consider replacing your drafty windows and doors with new ones.
- Prep your shed
Your shed may still be a part of your home insurance, however, your tools and other equipment aren’t. Before putting your equipment inside your shed, make sure to drain the gas or just put a fuel stabilizer. Then close the door of your shed properly so it won’t get beaten thoroughly when winter comes.
It’s better to prepare your home earlier for the winter and save a lot of time, money and discomfort when you do.