5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

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Real Estate Agent with John Roberts Realty

 

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Cold weather is here now is the time to prepare your home for winter. Here are 5 tips to get you started:

  1. Insulate windows. Reducing drafts can lower your home’s energy costs by up to 20% per year. Here are some inexpensive items you can get at the hardware store: V-seal weather stripping along window sashes; rope caulk; shrink film; and draft snake.
  2. Trim tree branches. Any tree limbs or branches overhanging your home should be cut back to at least three feet away from your house.
  3. Inspect and repair the fireplace. In addition to your own visual inspection, you may want to have a chimney sweep or other expert inspect your chimney, inside and out. Check that the roof flashing is tight against the chimney.
  4. Check and repair the roof. Do a visual inspection from the ground with binoculars, or hire a roof inspector. Check for cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing; shingles that are buckling, curling, blistering, missing, or broken; cracked rubber boots around vent pipes; and masses of moss and lichen, which may indicate the roof is decaying underneath.
  5. Clear out and repair gutters and downspouts. Clogged rain gutters or downspouts can damage your home’s foundation or cause ice dams. Also, make sure the gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets.
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Comments (9)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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This picture reminds me of our Florida winters.

Nov 18, 2021 09:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

These are good tips to share. Our fall service for our HVAC system takes place on Friday afternoon. I always recommend an annual service agreement.

Nov 18, 2021 11:21 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Pat Champion thank you for sharing very good list of tips for to prepare a home for winter.

Nov 18, 2021 08:03 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - while certain tips are more applicable than others,  having a regular property maintenance plan is wise.  

Nov 19, 2021 03:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, you put together a great list for homeowners to prepare for winter.

Nov 19, 2021 08:05 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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Roy, an annual service agreement will give you peace of mind. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Nov 19, 2021 09:18 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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John, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Nov 19, 2021 09:18 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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Michael, yes a maintenance plan can help ease your mind. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Nov 19, 2021 09:19 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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Joan, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend.

Nov 19, 2021 09:20 AM