Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tips For Getting Your Home Prepared for Winter

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If this wet weather hasn’t already prompted you to do some preventative maintenance on your house before the long, cold months of winter set in, here are some reminders to make sure you don’t experience any rude awakenings in your house this season, courtesy of Redfin.
  • Now that you’re going to be using your heating system again, make sure everything has been moved clear of heating vents in your house, replace air filters in your furnace, and consider installing a programmable thermostat so you can control when your house is heated and save on energy costs.
  • Make sure your pipes are insulated. There can’t be many things worse than a burst pipe in freezing weather.
  • Seal cracks in your foundation so you don’t end up with water damage.
  • Install weather stripping around your windows and doors to eliminate drafts and heat your house more efficiently.
  • Clean out your gutters to prevent rotting and roof problems, and make sure your downspouts are diverting water away from your house and foundation.
  • If you have a chimney, get it cleaned and inspected before you have any cozy fires!
  • Have a professional trim trees around power lines and around your house to prevent any branches going through your roof or knocking out power.
Especially in our wet Pacific Northwest climate, it’s important to get these issues taken care of ahead of time, and a little work up front will save you a LOT of work and money down the line.


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