If you are looking for things to do around the house over the Thanksgiving holiday, look no further. Our list of winter maintenance tips for homeowners can act as your to-do list for cold-weather prep!
Do a property walk-about.
Walk around your home and inspect it. Look for small cracks and openings in the foundation. Seal them yourself if possible. If not, reach out to a professional.
Also, check for other potential air leaks around windows, doors and ventilation pipes.
Check your roof.
Make sure to check your roof for any loose shingles that could allow water and moisture to seep into your home. Replace shingles as needed. Don’t forget to check the seal around your chimney as well.
Clean and inspect your gutters.
Fall is messy! Leaves and debris can quickly clog gutters. Keep water flowing away from your home by keeping your gutters clean.
Look for ailing tree limbs.
Strong winds during winter storms could be dangerous to both people and properties if a tree branch snaps. If you see weak or dead limbs, contact a professional tree removal service.
Repair patios and pavers.
If you have loose pavers or stones on your patio, try to fix them before the first freeze.
Winter will only make it worse thanks to what is known as “frost heave.” Basically, it’s when the soil pushes the stone farther out of place.
Protect your pipes.
You can find pipe insulation at local hardware stores and do this money-saver on your own. Put it around pipes under sinks, in crawl spaces and attics, outside and so on.
Insulate your attic and crawl space.
Proper insulation goes a long way. It may cost a little up front whether you opt for a service, or you buy materials and do it yourself.
Add protection to your windows.
As far as winter maintenance tips for homeowners, this one has options. First, you can store your screens and install storm windows.
Or you can hang curtains. Then there’s the option to add caulk or weather stripping to windows as needed. Whatever you choose, adding an extra barrier to your windows is a good idea.
Inspect furnaces and fireplaces.
In fact, your furnace and fireplace should both be inspected annually. This ensures they are safe and working efficiently.
Finally, reach out to your local utility company and request a home energy assessment. Their assessment might provide additional winter maintenance tips for homeowners that will help save more energy and money! For more homeowning tips and other real estate news, keep reading our blogs.