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A Checklist for a Safe Winter Home

Tuesday, December 3, 2019   /   by Burnice Villanueva

A Checklist for a Safe Winter Home

Here's your checklist to help ensure your home is both safe and warm this winter.

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It’s official; winter is here, and right now is the best time to finish up any maintenance projects to prepare your home and yard. Take care of these tasks in order to keep your home clean, pleasant, and safe for the cold days ahead:

1. Fix cracks in concrete and asphalt. Depending on where you live, these may be the last days of the year that are warm and bright enough to repair your driveway and sidewalk.

2. Clean out the gutters. Yeah, most people don’t enjoy doing this, but it still needs to be done annually. A few hours of work can prevent issues later. While you’re up there on that latter, visually inspect your roof for any damaged shingles, flashing, or vents. Check the chimney for any missing mortar and repair it by tuckpointing if needed.

3. Turn off outdoor plumbing. You’ll want to drain your outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems. Be sure to detach the spigot and cover it to protect from the freezing weather coming up.

4. Prepare the furnace. If you didn’t do this last spring, consider getting your furnace professionally serviced in time for the coldest season. At minimum, visually investigate your furnace and replace the filter before you begin using it regularly, which you may already have.

Take care of these tasks in order to keep your home clean, pleasant, and safe for the cold days ahead.

5. Clean out the fireplace. Inspect the flue and ensure the doors and shields are sound. Have your chimney professionally swept if needed. Now is also the time to stock up on firewood to stay toasty and comfy.

6. Inspect windows and doors. Keep the warm air in and cold air out. This is an excellent time to put caulk around your windows and door casings if needed.

7. Clean windows and blinds. Bring as much light into your home as you can for the darker months. Be extra thorough in rooms where you get considerable natural sunlight.

8. Replace batteries. You need to replace the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors.

Once you finish with your home checklist, you can appreciate the season in your warm, comfortable home. Remember, if you would like the name or number of any of our preferred vendors to help you with these tasks, please give us a call. It would be our pleasure to serve you. Also, if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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