“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” an idiom that could save you thousands of dollars in unpredictable home maintenance costs. Old man winter can be harsh on a home no matter what climate zone, so here are a few pointers to consider in protecting your home and your wallet.
- Check roof for any loose or missing shingles.
- Check gutters; remove any debris and tighten any loose screws. (Clogged gutters are the number one reason for ice dams resulting in leaks.)
- Check any painted surfaces for blistering or peeling to prevent damage to wood.
- Caulk any windows allowing draft in.
- Fireplace maintenance is not just for efficiency but also for safety. Check the flue, the doors for loose hardware, do a visual outside to make sure the chimney cap is still secure. Having your chimney swept according to recommendations is very important in preventing a fire.
- Reverse ceiling fans to disperse heat more evenly!
- Cover air conditioners and remove window units.
- Winterize all exterior water pipes by draining them and turning off valves to exterior hose bibs, remove all hoses.
- Replacing any damaged weathering stripping can save $$$$ in heating bills.
- Replace items like furnace filters, smoke alarm battery’s, and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Since winter has a tendency to dry things out, it’s a good time to oil/lubricate door hinges. Don’t forget the garage doors!
- Finally, clean and lubricate the track of any sliding doors.
Fall is the perfect time to show your home some tender, love, and care, and prepare it for the harsh elements. This quick and inexpensive checklist will have you resting and nesting with worry free confidence through the winter months!