Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

January 15, 2020

As we begin the transition into the colder months, it’s time to start planning and preparing your home for winter weather. Your home needs attention year-round, but the wet and cold weather can be especially hard on a house. Taking care of your investment now can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in repairs and maintenance down the road.

Step one is making a list of things you need to do to begin preparing your home for winter weather. We’ve pulled together some ideas to help you get started! 

Tend to the exterior of your home 

Your gutters will likely require a good cleaning after the autumn leaves have fallen. Clear your home’s gutters and drainage to ensure that water can make it’s way away from your home, rather than building up and freezing. Ice expands and gets heavy, which can result in damage to your home’s exterior and foundation. Protect your home’s pipes by shutting off the sprinkler system and draining any outdoor water faucets. 

The exterior of your home can take a hit during the winter months if not protected ahead of time. Apply protective sealants to the outdoor wood and concrete of your home to avoid costly repairs from water and ice damage. With most of these maintenance tasks, you can complete them on your own or leave it to the professionals. However, when it comes to your roof, we recommend you to call reputable roofing professionals to conduct any repairs or inspections you may need. 

Inspect your heating and AC system 

Well-maintained systems will not only last you through the winter but will continue to perform well for a longer lifespan. Caring for your unit can be as simple as changing the filters regularly and scheduling inspections as you’re preparing for winter. Basic attention can ensure that your home will still receive heat with no issues this season. 

Test your alarms and detectors 

Many fires and gas leaks occur in the winter, so testing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can bring peace of mind this season. Replace the system’s batteries while you’re checking each detector. Create or remind your family of your emergency plan on what actions to take if an alarm does go off. 

Fireplace preparation 

There is no better way to spend a winter evening than by the fire. Prep your fireplace and chimney with a deep cleaning and inspection. After months out of use, your chimney is bound to need some TLC! Start collecting or ordering wood for your fireplace early before it gets too cold out. 

Prepare for snow removal 

Your future self will thank you for taking the time to collect your snow removal tools before a snowstorm arrives. Whether you need a snow shovel or a high-powered snowblower, being well-equipped will feel like a life-saver when you’re stuck at home after a hard winter snow. 

Buying a home is one of the most significant investments many of us ever make. Taking care of your investment isn’t always cheap and easy for homeowners – all those little things add up! However, regular maintenance will keep your home in good condition so that you and your family can continue living comfortably. The money you spend on inspections and repairs before something becomes an expensive problem can save you a lot of hassle along the way. 

At Peoples Bank Home Loan Center, our greatest joy is helping you purchase your home. Take care of it, and it will take care of you too!