It’s officially December! It’s not too late to take care of a few important things around the house before the holidays arrive. Not sure where to start when taking care of one of your biggest investments? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Owning a home may feel like a lot of responsibility…and a lot of maintenance too! We have compiled our Top 6 Most Valuable Winter Home Maintenance Tips to make it easy over the next couple months to get your home ready for the colder weather ahead!
Consistent maintenance on your home is relatively quick and easy. Ultimately, these small tasks will eliminate the need for big repairs in the future and can save you money long term!
Check out our Winter Home Maintenance List below and be sure to download our printable checklist!
Top 6 Winter Home Maintenance Tips
1. Clean Out Your Dryer Vents
Cleaning a dryer vent not only keeps your home safe, but keeps your dryer working properly and efficiently. A clogged clothes dryer may not just be a fire hazard, but can cause your energy bills to increase by requiring longer drying times for your laundry. Click here to see how simple this task can is!
2. Fireplace & Heating System Safety Check
If you use your fireplace, have it cleaned by a chimney sweep. Check for any debris and cracks as well. Creosote buildup, leaves, and bird nests could become a fire hazard. As for your heating system, we recommend testing your thermostat to ensure it is functioning properly for the harsher weather. If you haven’t had your HVAC serviced in the last year or so, we recommend you call your local professional. We have a fantastic vendor that can help with this if you need someone!
3. Quickly Check Windows & Doors For Leaks
On the outside of your house, inspect all areas where two different building materials meet, including:
- All exterior corners
- Outdoor water faucets
- Where siding and chimneys meet
- Areas where the foundation and the bottom of exterior brick or siding meet.
4. Prepare For Ice & Snow
It’s always smart to keep the items you need on hand for when things get a little slick around your property, and it’s better to find them in store now before everyone in town is doing the same! Stock up on ice melt/salt, a snow shovel, and even some windshield defrost solution while you’re at it!
5. Clear Gutters of Debris AGAIN
Rain gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris over time, especially after that next round of leaves has finished falling, so it’s best to clean them regularly to avoid more work later. Great news! It’s not very difficult to clean gutters. With a proper hose, spray attachment and ladder you should be set!
6. Close Foundation Air Vents
Your foundation vents allow outside air to circulate under the floor in summer to prevent the moisture buildup that encourages mildew and rot. In the winter, when the air is drier, the vents need to be closed to reduce the chance that the pipes in the crawl space might freeze. This should be done before temperatures reach 0 degrees!
Have questions or need a local recommendation? Feel free to reach out!
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An ounce of prevention can help you save thousands of dollars on home repairs in the long run.