Get Your Home’s Exterior Ready for Winter

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OCTOBER, 2016

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Winter Prep
Exterior

Winter is coming and there are many precautions you can take to make sure your home is ready. Preparing your home for winter helps you save money as well as your home. Here are some things you can do to get your home Winter ready.

Cover Outside Furniture

Covering up your patio furniture before Winter arrives in definitely something you don’t want to forge to do. Forgetting to cover furniture over winter could result in some very damaged furniture. When preparing to cover your furniture for winter, the first step should be cleaning everything off. It wouldn’t make sense to cover and try to maintain dirty furniture. Wash or wipe down your furniture. If there is a piece that you feel would be safer elsewhere, store in a shed or indoors somewhere. Cleaning your furniture will also make for easy re-setup when Spring comes around and it’s time to bring them back again.

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Properly preparing for the winter months can save you an astronomical amount of money.

Fill in Any Cracks, Holes and Gaps

In the winter time, you do not want any cold air coming into your home. The best way to avoid this would be making sure every little crack and opening is closed. Fix any broken windows. Seal windows and doors with insulation kits. Wrapping hot water pipes can cut your energy cost, and heats up your water faster! A good space to fill up would be the space where the baseboard meets the floor, this also reduces your energy bill by as much as $30 a year.

“Forgetting to cover furniture over winter could result in some very damaged furniture.”

Clean Out Rooftop (Gutters and Chimneys)

Rooftops are also a great place to clean when preparing for Winter. Grab a ladder and make sure to get all the gunk that has accumulated in your rain gutter. Neglecting to clean your rain gutter will result in damage. Eventually, it will not be able hold up and when it rains, risk the possibility of water damage. Cleaning your chimney before winter is so important. When not checked and routinely cleaned, a chimney can get clogged and backed up. Creosote can build up in your fireplace and cause a fire, that could burn your entire home. A backed up chimney could also release carbon monoxide into your home. It is recommended that you clean your chimney after 40-50 uses.

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