Believe it or not winter is just right around the corner, and now that the weather has cooled off a little it is smart for homeowners to take advantage of what warmth and sunlight we have left to prepare their homes for the winter months. Most of us think of all the preparations that need to take place and cringe. While it is more fun to play football or rake the leaves into piles to jump in, preparing your home for winter does not have to be as tedious as it might seem, and can take as little as a Saturday afternoon to complete. Creating a list of preparations that need to be made is a great way to start the project in order to avoid forgetting something important before it is too late.
Turning up the heat
The most important winter preparation a homeowner can make is tuning up the heating system. Because of the cold weather that comes with the winter season most people spend those months in doors, so it is vital that the heating system is working properly. Should a heating system quit working during the winter months homeowners are likely to pay a small fortune to repair it. In order to avoid spending an arm and a leg to repair your heating system it is smart to have a technician come out before the weather cools off in order to make sure the system is working properly and tune it up if there is a need to. According to Kiplinger hiring a technician to come to your home and check the heating system rarely costs over $100, and while that might seem costly, it is a lot less than replacing the system due to problems that could have been prevented.
Most winter prep takes place on the outside of the home considering that the exterior takes the most beating from winter storms. It is smart for homeowners to take advantage of the comfortable fall weather to double check the condition of the roof and siding of the home and replace any shingles that or loose or missing and any cracks that might allow water to enter and damage the home. Waterspouts should be checked for major leaks, and should also be arranged so they are diverting water away from the home. Also, homeowners should check all the windows and doors for any small areas where cold air can enter and fix them before the cold weather hits. Last minute yard work is absolutely necessary when preparing for winter. Trimming hedges and tree branches to ensure that winter winds do not blow them into the home will obviously save homeowners hundreds of dollars in repairs. Instead of raking the leaves, it is good to mow the leaves when you mow the grass for the last time before the storms begin. Mowing your leaves into mulch will nourish the lawn over the winter, and leave it healthy for the springtime.
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