How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Want to make sure your home is able to withstand its harsh conditions? 

Here are some quick ways to prep your property:

  • Install weather stripping around the doors, windows and plumbing.
  • Clean out your gutters to ensure melting snow and ice can drain away.
  • Trim any trees hanging over or near the house.
  • Wrap your pipes and leave drains dripping during freezes.
  • Use caulk to fill any holes or cracks in the outer walls.

Properly preparing your home can help keep your family safe and comfortable this winter, as well as prevent unnecessary and costly repairs. Be proactive and act now – before it’s too late.

To help you protect your home from the elements, make sure you’ve completed this winter checklist in advance. This can help you maintain your home’s value and hopefully help to avoid any potential headaches or hazards down the road.

Paint, Seal and Caulk Wood Trim
Check all wood trim surrounding exterior doors and windows for rot, cracks and chips. Apply paint, seal and caulk all trim to keep damage from occurring. Plus, ensure all entrances to the interior are sealed off to save on energy costs and insect invasion.

Protect all Ground Surfaces
Apply a sealer to your concrete patio or asphalt driveway to prevent cracking during the winter.

Check Drainage and Gutters
Check to see that all drainage is working smoothly and that all water is being moved away from the home instead of gathering in pools by your foundation. Also check your drains and gutters to see that they are free of leaves or debris.

Shut Off Outdoor Water Features
Avoid frozen pipes by shutting off all outdoor water features, such as fountains or waterfalls. If you have a sprinkler system or pool, make sure they are shut down for the winter as well.

Maintain Trees
Trim any tree branches that are hanging close to the house to prevent them from falling on the roof or providing a passageway for pests to enter your attic.

Store or Cover Outdoor Furniture
To avoid trapping moisture, wait for a warm and dry day to wipe off and cover outdoor furniture to protect it from rain or snow. Consider storing furniture in a shed or garage for further protection if you have the space.

Prepare Your Lawn
Early spring and late fall are crucial times to care for your lawn. Mow, aerate and fertilize your lawn in the fall so it will thrive when the temperature rises in the spring.

Maintaining Curb Appeal in Winter

Winter Curb Appeal
Winter Curb Appeal

It can be hard keeping the yard lush and beautiful in the cold winter months, and if your property is on the market, curb appeal is more important than ever. 

Here’s how to keep it up in winter:

  • Invest in hardy foliage. Ferns, witch hazel and even pansies hold up well in winter.
  • Keep it tidy. Edge, clear away leaves and debris, and shovel the walkways. Clean your gutters often.
  • Repaint your exterior. Give the shutters and door a fresh coat of paint, and clean any exposed brick or stucco.

More home maintenance tips from Homes by Haris. Winter real estate tips can be found here.

Home Maintenance Tips from around the web

  • The annual home maintenance check list by New York Times.
  • 10 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks You’ll Regret If You Forget by Family Handyman.
  • The 5 Most Important Home Maintenance Tasks You’re Forgetting to Do, According to Home Inspectors by apartment therapy.

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