The seasons come and go, but are you prepared? With seasonal temperature changes come added responsibility. The necessary preventative maintenance it takes to keep your home running smoothly is important, but do you always put in the work? That’s why we want to bring a few things to your attention before it gets too chilly outside.
Preparing your home for winter:
- Winter storm prep
- Clean your gutters
- Inspect your HVAC
Winter storm prep
How would you rate your winter storm prep? Winter storms come out of nowhere and then the next thing you know you are rushing to the store hoping to find some of the last minute things you forgot to pick up on your last trip and now they are out of stock (because everyone else needed them too). We’ve all been there, but you don’t have to continue living that way. You can prepare for winter storms early by stocking up on some non-perishable items before the first snowfall. You will want to have extra: toilet paper, bottled water, canned foods, etc. on hand so you don’t feel like a mad person rushing to the store hours before the snow hits.
Clean your gutters
Before it gets too cold outside you will want to ensure that your gutters are clean and free from all debris (leaves, twigs, branches, etc.). Doing so will help protect your home and roof. While you are at it, make sure that your downspouts are 5 feet away from the foundation of your home. After you are done cleaning your gutters, you can test them by running a garden hose in them to see where the water flow goes.
Inspect your HVAC
Having a licensed HVAC contractor inspect your heating system before winter hits will ensure that your unit is running as it should. This way you shouldn’t have to worry about your heating going out while you sit in a cold house. You may also want to consider changing your air filter as well. Clean air filters help prevent breakdowns of the furnace.
While these are just a few of the ways you can help winter-proof your home, we hope you take the time to really dig in and do what needs to be done before winter strikes. We wish you many warm and cozy nights in your home as you spend time with those you love.
If you have questions about home buying or selling, be sure to contact one of our expert agents today.