Winter is approaching and that means it’s time to start preparing your home. You want to make sure the winter doesn’t cause any damage and that you can stay nice and cozy inside. Take the time now to inspect any areas of concern and address them.
Protect Your Exterior
The part of your home that will take the largest hit during the winter is the exterior. Now is the time to protect it. One place to start is the roof. Have it inspected and repair any damage. Make sure there aren’t any trees nearby in danger of falling on the roof. You also want to protect all the wood on your house. You can do this through painting, sealing, and caulking your siding and trim. Sealing is also a good idea for any concrete walkways, patios, or driveways as this helps prevent cracking. In order to sealcoat your driveway, the outside temperature should be at least 70 degrees for several days. Of course, you don’t want to forget your windows and doors. Make sure they are properly sealed and secured so they can keep out the cold weather.
Make Interior Improvements
On the inside, a good place to start is with the insulation. You especially want to make sure your attic is properly insulated. Even if it isn’t regularly used, it can still be a major source of cold air. There are also many other quick fixes to keep your home more insulated in the winter. If your house has a chimney, you should get it cleaned and inspected before building your cozy winter fires. If you plan on building a lot of fires, you should also have your smoke detectors inspected. Since your house will be closed up tightly, there’s a greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. You want to make sure your smoke detectors are working well and have strong batteries..
Prepare Your Yard
Before winter arrives, you need to prepare your yard. This includes covering or storing any patio furniture. If you have a pool, it’s best to drain it and cover it. Likewise, shut off and drain your sprinkler system in order to avoid any freezing. Before putting away the lawn mower, weed eater, and other tools, drain the gas as it may go bad by the time spring rolls around.
Part of preparing for winter is also preparing for spring. If you want a nice new lawn in the spring, you need to plan now. The best time to seed is late September to October, so plan accordingly. Don’t forget to fertilize.
It’s important to take care of your home. This is especially true as the weather drastically changes. You want to make sure you and your house are protected during the winter months. Start now and your home will be all set.
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