When the weather starts to get chilly, and you start thinking about bundling up inside to stay warm, think of your home. While many people assume that their home is too hardy or well built to need any maintenance during the colder months, this isn’t true at all.
Here is a list of some ways to get your home ready for the colder months:
TIP: Remember to schedule an inspection by a pest control company before repairing starts, the pests can do more damage than you think.
1. Inspect the exterior of your home
If your home isn’t sealed from top-to-bottom, you could be in trouble as soon as winter strikes. Weather elements like wind, rain, and snow can wreak havoc on the exterior of your home, so it’s essential to get any small cracks or holes repaired before they become big problems. The last thing you want is for moisture to enter your home and cause interior damage.
2. Check all appliances
If any devices don’t work or that might be at risk of failing during cold weather, now’s the time to replace them. There’s no sense in waiting until the first cold snap hits, and you’re stuck without any heat or hot water.
3. Check your furnace
While furnaces are built to last an extremely long time, they do occasionally break down, so it’s essential to take advantage of the last few days of nice weather to make sure yours is running smoothly. If your home does have a furnace, it’s a good idea to set up a service agreement with a heating company beforehand in case anything goes wrong.
4. Check your water pipes
Even the most minor cracks or leaks in plumbing can cause significant damage during cold weather, so it’s essential to inspect your water pipes now. If you live in a newer home, there’s a chance that your plumbing was insulated correctly when it was installed, but if you’re still wondering whether or not they were, it doesn’t hurt to be extra cautious!
5. Check your windows
Even though it will be colder outside, the temperature inside your home is likely to drop, which means that it’s more important than ever to make sure your windows are correctly sealed. If you find any cracks or gaps, now is the time to fix them!
6. Check insulation
Insulation helps trap the heat inside your home, so every part of your home needs to be adequately insulated. If your insulation isn’t what it should be, or if any spots don’t have insulation at all, now is the time to fix them.
7. Check your fireplaces
If you use a fireplace, make sure it’s ready for winter before the coldest days start! It can take several hours to get a fire going, especially if it’s windy or raining. If your fireplace isn’t in great shape or if you haven’t used it all summer, now is the time to call a chimney sweep.
8. Check your roof
If possible, try to get onto your roof before winter hits so that you can inspect it for any shingles that aren’t adequately secured or for any trees that could damage your roof if they fall on it. If you’re unable to get onto your roof, look at it from the ground and see if there’s anything amiss.
Prevention is better
If you’re hoping to avoid spending money on costly repairs, you should start preparing your home for winter now!