This weather probably wasn’t predicted by many of you, which means most of you are probably scrambling to get those last minute winter preparations completed. While it is ideal to prepare the exterior of your home before the first frost hits, it is not too late to make sure that your home is ready for the cold weather that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Winterize your Windows and Doors
Leaks in your windows are the most common way to let the warm air out and the frigid air into your home. At the very least, replace your screen doors with storm doors and make sure that there are no leaks in the weather stripping around your windows and doors. If you notice any drafts around your windows, caulk them well to keep the drafts out, as this is one of the largest culprits in higher energy bills, not to mention colder rooms!
Pay careful attention to your landscaping and gutters during this time of year. Check your gutters to make sure that they are pointed away from the home as well as that they are not backed up. Heavy rain can turn to ice in these cold temperatures, which could weigh down your gutters, causing them to leak or even break, which could cause serious problems for your roof and siding. Also take a close look at all of the trees, vines and bushes around your property and trim any limbs or parts that are hanging near your home. If heavy ice were to accumulate on any part of your landscaping, it could prove to be detrimental to your home.
Check for Safety
The early mornings are bound to be the most dangerous time to be out on your property, but anytime there is snow and ice, the risk of slipping is high. Check all banisters and handrails to ensure that they are secure and not loose or rotted. Maximize the lighting around your property and repair any large holes or cracks around your property to prevent someone from tripping and falling because they couldn’t see it due to ice or snow.
These are just a few of the things that you should pay attention to around your property as soon as this weekend. The temperatures have already reached freezing levels, which has cut down on our time to be well prepared for winter. Doing everything you