As winter approaches, some homeowners don’t know how to prepare. While we all know to run and clean our heaters before the cold sets in, did you know there is a myriad of other things you should do to winterize your home? Even if you don’t live in an area that gets an abundance of snow, freezing rain and falling temperatures can provide your home with hazards. Be prepared by following a simple checklist of things you can do to winterize your home properly.
Examine Windows and Doors
Keeping your home heated is an incredibly important part of the winter months, and while your heater may work, you never want a sky-high bill thanks to escaping heat. Before the colder months set in always look around your doors and windows to find any cracks or gaps that might contribute to escaping heat. For those with large gaps and areas of draft, weather-stripping can be a great and easy do-it-yourself option rather than replacing your door.
Check your Roof
Your roof takes a beating during winter. From hail and freezing rain to the weight of falling tree branches, you want to ensure your roof is in good working condition before the winter season. Plus, damaged roofs are a great way for critters such as birds, rodents and raccoons to find their way into your home. Examine your roof thoroughly for cracks, splits, holes and loose or damaged shingles. Always hire a professional if you feel you cannot make it onto your roof safely or feel that you cannot inspect thoroughly enough.
Take Care of Your Lawn
A luscious lawn every spring is one that was cared for over the winter months. While most people worry about their home exterior, winterizing your lawn is important for its overall health and appearance for spring and summer. You will want to sweep up dead leaves and branches as well as re-seed and apply a deep fertilizer to help keep your grass strong.
Ensure a Safe Walking Space
Look outside for other winterization needs. Walkways, sidewalks, and driveways are an accident waiting to happen in slippery conditions. Spend time cleaning off these areas and filling in gaps or cracks. Also, inspect your lighting to ensure that it is both clean and functional. Proper lighting and a clean and smooth walkway will help minimize possible falls and other accidents for the months to come.
Your home is where you live, raise your family and feel safe. As winter approaches, make sure you give it the time and attention it needs to stay strong and resilient during this time. From roofing to drafty doors and clean walkways, properly winterizing your home can help with everything from reducing your electric bill to preventing accidents.