How to Prepare Your Home for Winter in 3 Easy Steps

Dated: 10/30/2018

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While Southern California may not have the harsh winter months experienced by other regions in the country, cold temperatures and heaving rain could increase your home expenses in a hurry. 

Whether you’re currently in the process of selling your home or you’d simply like to ensure its safety, here are three easy steps you can take to protect your home from whatever conditions this season may bring your way. 

1. Roof Inspection

High winds and heavy rain can stress your home’s roof in a number of ways. Build up of leaves and other debris along your gutters can damage a roof and significantly impact its overall value. It is far easier to take precautionary measures and avoid costlier repairs as the months get colder. 

You should schedule a roof inspection before the weather worsens, so that a professional can through assess the condition of your roof and make any necessary recommendations. You should ask the inspector to look for blocked gutters, loose and/or missing shingles, as well as any sources of mold and rotting. 

2. Checking for Air Leaks

While it may be easy to overlook, air leaks in windows, doorways, or walls can result in significant increases to your monthly utility bill, particularly as it begins to get colder. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a professional to inspect your home or seal any leaks. 

Luckily, it’s easy to perform a visual inspection of your home! On the outside of your home, make sure you inspect any area where two different building materials come into contact. These include: 

·      Exterior Corners 

·      Outdoor Water Faucets  

·      Areas where the siding, chimney or foundation meet. 

As for the inside of your home, inspect around areas that could have cracks or gaps that lead to the exterior, including: 

·      Electrical outlets

·      Door & Window Frames

·      Electrical or Gas Service Entrances

·      Baseboards 

·      Attic Hatches

·      Wall or Window-Mounted AC Units 

·      Cable TV and Phone Lines 

·      Vents and Fans 

If you find any leaks, you can seal them
by applying caulking or installing weather stripping. 

3. Clearing the Gutters

While falling leaves may be your favorite part of the autumn months, they can create a great deal of trouble for your home’s gutters. If gutters are clogged, rainwater has no outlet clear outlet, which can cause damage to walls and can slide get into siding and basements. If you have a tall enough ladder, you can clean the gutters yourself. If not, hire a local professional to safely remove the debris. 

Following these 3 steps may seem tedious, but they can help save you from costly and time consuming repairs in the future.    

 

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John Garibyan

I have dedicated myself to the real estate industry for the past 11 years. I pride myself in the patience and honesty i provide to my clients. Finding a home can be very stressful and time consuming a....

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