Keep warm and dry inside this winter by taking care of some home improvement chores this fall! Address areas of your home that could be vulnerable during storms, wind, and wintry weather now and curb energy costs, prevent property damage, and stay toasty this during the chilly months to come. It costs far less to prepare the home for what will come than will be to repair damage during the coldest time of the year.

Get your home ready for winter:

Buckle-up your windows. Drafty windows can raise heating bills by 30%; curb costs by weatherizing your home, especially windows and doors where energy can escape. Fix any leaks, gaps, cracks, or drafts around your windows, but don’t forget about the doors and outlets, too. If you live in a region prone to high winds or hurricanes, you may want to invest in some storm-shutters that can prevent broken windows and subsequent property damage.

Some other ways to keep the heat- in and the cold- out this winter include:

–          Caulk windows and doors using a versatile silicone sealant.

–          Shrink-wrap your windows with clear plastic sheeting and a hair-dryer.

–          Place draft-dodgers around doors and on window-sills to prevent cold air from seeping in.

–          Use long, insulated drapes and window treatments.

Clean-up your gutters. When getting the home ready for winter, many homeowners overlook the gutters, even though these guide water off your roof and away from the home during foul weather. A great way to protect the home and minimize maintenance is to invest in some gutter guards, which fit down over the troughs, keeping debris and dirt out. Make sure to clean the gutters and snake-out any leaves or debris before cold weather strikes. Also, check the downspout to be sure it is pointed away from your home, so water won’t seep into your foundation or basement during storms, run-off, or the spring thaw.

Wrap-up your landscaping. Spend some time tending to your gardens and landscaping before winter. Bring in tender or vulnerable plants; mulch larger plants and small trees to keep them warm and protected. Drain and prepare any water features on your property, such as fountains or small ponds.  Use mulch wherever you can to add a protective layer of insulation for beds, borders, and your lawn during cooler months. Fall is also the time to think ahead and plant your spring bulbs to enjoy later on!

Pick-up your property. Take a good look at your property; are there any items, branches, or features that could pose a threat during windy weather? Talk with landscaping services about removing dead trees, and bring furniture or yard accents inside before the snow falls, just to be safe.

Know that your efforts now may make your home more energy-efficient later, which can save you money on your heating bills this winter. There is also a sense of security that comes from knowing that you have gotten your home and property ready for the coming season.  Make time to address these basic home improvement chores and ensure that your family stays warm, dry, and safe inside your home all winter long!

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  1. Georgia B says:

    I didn’t realize that drafty windows could raise the heating bill so much! That’s really good to keep in mind as the weather gets colder. We’re getting new windows installed soon, and as soon as they’re in we’ll have to make sure we get draft-dodgers or something similar to keep the heat in.

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