Buying a home is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make, Protect your Investment by getting your House ready for the Winter. Sudbury is famous for Cold Weather and lots of snow, and it can really reek havoc on your home if you don’t prepare properly. Here is a list of 5 things that will help you protect your investment, lower your heating bills and have a stress free season.
1. Tune up your Heating System: You may not be ready to have your heat on full time, but it is important to take a minute to test it out. Does it turn on? Does it shut on and off with your thermostat? Is it making funny noises? If your heater isn't working properly it may be time to have it looked at by a professional. Being proactive now will save you money in the long term. Another good tip is to replace your filters every few months during the colder months. This will keep your furnace running at it optimum level.
2. Scan the Roof for Damage: Now is a great time to get up on the roof and check for any damage.This will allow you to more easily see missing shingles, lifted edges, shrunken tabs, or excessively curled corners. If you see these signs of wear, call a roofing professional right away. While you are up there, make sure to blow off any leaves or needles; debris can accumulate and hold moisture. In time the moisture can damage the roof and cause major problems.
3. Clean the Gutters: To do their job properly, downspouts and gutters must be free of leaves and other debris. Clogged gutters an cause damage to the roof, siding and trim. They are often the main cause of leaks and ice dams. There are lots of ways to do the cleaning; leaf blowers, pressure washers or just scooping the debris out with your hands will all work. If your home is more than one level, it may be worth calling in a professional.
4. Caulk Around Windows and Doors: Caulk windows to prevent drafts, save energy and keep moisture out of your home. Take some time to examine around windows and doors to see if you notice any gaps. Any gaps larger than the width of a nickel need to be filled with exterior caulk. Add weather striping as needed around doors. Now is a great time to consider installing thermal window coverings as well as they can reduce heat loss in the winter and help lower your heating bills.
5. Turn Off Exterior Faucets: You can prevent water damage to your home by winterizing your outside faucets each fall. Once you have prepped your yard, it time to detach your garden hoses, close the inside shut-off valve(s) and drain the faucet fixture before it freezes when the temperature dips.
If you are looking for a professional to help with any of your home renovation or maintenance needs, I would be happy to refer someone!
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David Kurt, Sales Representative
Coldwell Banker Marsh Real Estate