Prepare Your Home for Winter
Maintaining a household is a stressful endeavor for most new homeowners. On top of washing the dishes and doing the laundry, you also have to take care of a number of seasonal chores. If you forget to clean the gutters or the chimney, you run the risk of damaging your home and reducing its long-term value.
Touch Up Paint
If the paint is flaking off your home, touch it up! Bare wood is susceptible to damage from rain and snow. Before you paint the house, remember to wash the exterior surgaces. Companies that offer power washing services can clean your windows and refresh the look of your external paint job in half the time it would take you to do it yourself.
Check the Windows and Doors
Gaps in your windows and doors allow hot air to escape your home. By checking the caulking in your houses window and door frames, you can keep your home warm, preserve energy, and save money. You should also take a peek underneath your front and back doors. If there is a gap underneath, you can use a draft stopper to minimize heat escape.
Clean the Gutters
Clean out your gutters before they clean out your wallet. The first step is to set up a tarp and ladder on the opposite side of your downspout. Next, put on your work gloves, don your safety glasses, and climb the ladder. When ready, use a trowel to scoop leaves into a bucket or plastic bag. Finally, use a hose to wash dirt and debris down the downspout. If you live near a power line, hire gutter cleaners and save yourself from harm.
Sweep the Chimney
Clean your chimney and fireplace before every winter season, even if you don’t light fires very often. During the summer months, your chimney can collect dirt, grime, and other unpleasantries. A local chimney sweeper can help you if you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own.
Prepare Your Appliances
During the winter it’s important to protect the appliances that supply heat to your home. Replace the filters in your furnace before the winter season to maximize energy efficiency and eliminate built-up allergens. If your water heater is exposed to cold, you should consider insulating it with water heater blankets. Finally, store your garden hoses, drain your pipes, and plug them with insulating covers.