Today’s message is a guest post from Paul Denikin at Dadknowsdiy.com
Take his good advice and get your home ready for winter.
The summer is typically a time that most associate with relaxation, as they should. But, as a homeowner, the summer – or at least the tail-end of it – should also be associated with preparation. After all, this is the time when you should be preparing your home to bear the elements that come with the seasons following summer: fall and, more importantly, winter.
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Inspect the Exterior of Your Home
Angie’s List offers a valuable, comprehensive checklist to prepare you and your home for fall and winter. Specifically, they instruct that homeowners clean gutters, apply a fresh coat of paint, and do general inspection for any damage that needs fixing before the cool season is here. Fireside Home Solutions adds that, if you have outside furniture that you value, add covers or move it indoors instead of leaving it exposed to the elements.
You also want to take steps to keep your pipes from freezing. Not taking these steps could prove very costly, not to mention risky to the preservation of your water source during the winter. The roof of your home is perhaps most important when it comes to winter preparation. Loose shingles or existing signs of damage must be remedied, as a snowstorm could come along and make minor damage into a major headache.
A Home’s Interior Must Be Inspected, Too
Replacing batteries and testing out smoke and carbon monoxide detectors could prevent a scenario that you don’t even want to consider. Another way to ensure the air you breathe is clean is to frequently replace air filters, which means keeping plenty of fresh ones on hand.
The Home First Agency advises keeping winter-centric safety equipment – including but not limited to snow blowers, shovels, etc. – in a readily accessible area of the home. That means keeping them in the interior, or at least heated, areas of the home to prevent the items from incurring weather damage. The same goes for emergency supplies such as food rations, generators, batteries, flashlights, and others.
Sotheby’s includes energy efficiency on their list of priorities for the winter. In layman’s terms, this means finding the leaks in your doors and windows and sealing them, whether this means caulking, weather-stripping, or otherwise. This will help you to avoid cold drafts from entering the home and potentially causing sickness, but it will also keep your heating bill at a reasonable rate.
But winter isn’t all about danger and worst-case scenarios. It is also about that in-front-of-the-fireplace, cozy, cuddling, under-the-blanket, charming side of winter, too. That’s where Freshome has you covered, with ideas on how to “cozy up your space.” They suggest adding some throw pillows, extra blankets, extra-shaggy rugs, and other items that will create warmth – both literal and emotional – during the coldest time of year.
If you have a pool, take the time to winterize it. Pool Center gives some valuable tips on applying chemicals, shutting down pool-related appliances, and finding the right cover to fit the specific design and dimensions of your pool.
The end of the summer, and even before, is the time to prepare your home, property, and goods for fall and winter. The elements that come with winter can be daunting, but the earlier you take preventative measures, the less your anxiety will be as winter looms. Time is running out on the time we have to prepare before the elements are here, wreaking havoc on our home and our immune systems. So take care of the fine details, the nitty gritty, while some semblance of summer weather remains. Soon, it’ll be too late.