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Preparing your home for WINTER

 

Be sure to keep the following items in mind during the winter months to keep everyone in your home safe and warm

 

  • Monitor your thermostat to make sure it is working correctly.
  • Check the insulation around your doors and windows.
  • If necessary, keep snow and ice off of your roof and gutters.
  • Replace broken or cracked window glass.
  • Inspect your attic for water stains, rot, mildew or fungus. Also check to see if any mice have decided your attic makes for a nice winter home.
  • Insulate your plumbing so it won’t freeze during extreme cold.
  • Clean out your gutters, especially if there are numerous trees around.
  • Check your chimney to make sure no animals have taken up residence.
  • Check the condition of your insulation to see if you need more, especially if you live in an older home.
  • If you live in an area where it snows frequently, shovel snow from your driveway and walkways before foot or car traffic makes doing so more difficult. If you have a fire hydrant near your home, make sure the snow won’t keep firefighters from getting to it quickly.

 

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Preparing your home for SPRING

 

In addition to your usual spring-cleaning, be sure to give attention to the following:

 

  • If you closed your attic vents during the fall, open them for proper ventilation.
  • Remove, clean and store storm windows (if applicable).
  • Have a licensed contractor perform a thorough inspection of air conditioning system to avoid problems when the weather gets hot.
  • Inspect your porch and/or deck for loose nails and loose or rotted boards. You may also want to consider cleaning, staining and sealing your porches, decks and wood fences.
  • Inspect your window screens for holes and tears and replace if needed.
  • Look for signs of cracking or peeling paint on the exterior of your home. Sand and repaint trouble areas to prevent rotting and reduce the need to repaint the entire house.
  • Inspect the roof for damaged shingles.
  • Clean out your gutters, especially if there are numerous trees around.
  • Trim any trees or shrubs touching your home exterior.
  • Inspect your foundation for cracks and water penetration.


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