Your Winter Maintenance Checklist

| 6 February 2014
Interior and exterior winter maintenance is an essential part of homeownership and it should never, ever be neglected. Even though it can be time consuming, it will be worth it in the long run! By maintaining your home, you can help prevent costly damage from occurring later on down the road. The good news? Winter home maintenance is actually quite simple - in fact, it’s mostly about proper planning and thinking ahead. So, with that being said, here is our straight-forward, easy-to-follow checklist. Follow easy tips and tricks and your home will be in tip top shape this winter, from the inside and out. Tip #1: Inspect your windows and doors Check all windows within your home for drafts, loose frames or cracked panes. All of these can cause a sufficient loss of energy in your home, not to mention, allow the cold temperatures to come in from the outside. For an exceptionally effective solution, it’s a good idea to remove the screens and install storm windows and doors in your home – this will ensure excellent winter protection and prevent heat from escaping. Tip #2: Check your heating system Before the temperatures drop, it’s important to make sure your heating system is in good working order. Keep a close eye on the weather report and right before a storm is about to brew or the temperatures are supposed to fall below the freezing point, turn on your heating system. Is it working properly? Is it working efficiently? It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry! By following this preventative measure, you’ll have some time (if needed) to contact a repairperson and get them to come and fix the problem for you. Tip #3: Clean and inspect your gutters Before the cold weather is here for good, you should get up on that ladder one last time! Clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs and other debris that have collected in your gutters. Want to know why this is important? Well, a broken or clogged gutter can result in water damage to your home. During the winter, the snow will melt and it will travel down your roof, where it hits your gutters; if the water has nowhere to go, it can leak into your home and essentially ruin it from the inside and out. It’s also a good idea to clean your gutters again in the spring, to clean out the debris from the winter season. Pretty simple right? We thought so! Stay warm and remember – always think ahead.
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