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7 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Just bought a home?  Thinking of selling your home this winter?  Either way, winterizing your home is a must!

Winterizing your home is important whether you just moved into your new home or you are looking to sell. Here in Michigan and all over, winter is here to stay. By winterizing your home, you can save yourself lots of cash! Winterizing will lower your heating costs. It will also save you from frozen pipes and plumbers, and therefore, your home won’t be damaged unnecessarily. And, if you do decide to sell, a tight home will be a huge positive for potential buyers.

Here are some tips for winterizing your home, regardless of whether you just moved in or are getting ready to get out of dodge!

Gut your gutters

Even if the first snow has fallen, it is important to make sure your gutters are free of debris. If your gutters don’t get emptied (when the weather warms up enough to make it possible to do safely) and are filled with too much debris, there will be blockages. Blockages equal frozen water, and frozen water can lead to gutter damage, roof damage or water damage when it all starts to drain at once.  When gutters don’t work properly, the water from snow and rain drains down the house to the foundation which could lead to basement flooding.

Look high

Look at your roof for damage that you can see with your own eye. If there are large areas of the roof that you can’t see, then you will need to call in a professional roofer. They will do a once over to make sure it is in tip-top shape. Any lifting or looseness of shingles is important to get fixed so your roof and eventually your ceilings don’t get water damaged.

Caulk is a homeowner’s friend

It is important to go around the foundation of your home and caulk any gaps in your foundation. This will keep out excess water, cold air, and critters. Caulking around the windows between the window frame and the housing frame can eliminate some of the draftiness in your home making it much more efficient.  It is a good idea to apply caulk around all door frames as they can be sources of energy loss as well.

Strip away the weather

Weather stripping can be a great solution to problematic leaks around your home. It can especially be good for areas that move like your screen doors and windows that you might want to move up and down.

Empty your pipes

If you can, turn off your water to your home, then run your outdoor valves until they are empty. This will mean the lines that run to the outside will be free of water and won’t be able to freeze during those deeply cold days or if you end up being one of the unfortunate individuals whose electricity goes out.

Call the doctor

Having your furnace tuned-up is one of the best ways to winterize your home. They will check to make sure all the parts are in working order. Your heating and air conditioning professional will also check the  electrical aspects of your unit.

Warm your home from the top down

Adding insulation to your home can help to keep your heating costs down. Having a few free estimates done would be a good idea. New homes usually have a high insulation rating whereas older homes may be missing some necessary insulation. Your home will warm up more quickly and will retain the heat if you have the right amount of insulation.

Winter is a beautiful time of year, cozy days together by the fire, the smell of cookies baking in the kitchen. Whether you are hunkering down for the winter or selling your home, winterizing (like calling your agent) is a good thing!

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