Whether you plan on selling your home or you want to live there forever, there are certain items that you’ll want to take care of each fall in order to prepare yourself for the winter months.
1. Clean out your gutters. Now that the leaves have fallen, make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and clutter. You don’t want the gutters to get backed up with water and freeze in the winter. If that happens, you’ll end up with water intrusion in the spring when the ice thaws. You can also get water intrusion in the winter, which is a recipe for disaster.
2. Look for loose siding on the exterior of the house. Walk around your home and make sure there aren’t any loose pieces of siding. High winter winds could blow those pieces off the house, and you certainly don’t want that.
3. Blow out all of the hose bibs. Blow out your sprinkler system and outside showers if you have them. There’s nothing more frustrating than turning on these systems in the spring and finding a leak. Depending on the extent of the damage, leaks can become an extensive repair.
4. Inspect your roof for loose shingles. Winter comes with high winds, rain, sleet, and snow. You don’t want water intruding into your home, and you don’t want shingles flying off your roof. This is your roof. “Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t apply here.
5. Move your screens and cover your AC unit for the winter.
6. Put your deck furniture indoors.
7. Remove gas from your lawn equipment. If you leave fuel in your lawnmower for several months, it won’t run properly in the spring.
We all look forward to spring. Taking care of these small items now will help you avoid any major frustrations when spring finally gets here.
If you have any other questions about preparing your home for winter or if you would like to know more about our current market, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!