Is Your Home Ready For The Winter?
Part of being a homeowner is maintaining your home in a way that will keep everything in good working order. Therefore, you should have a preventive maintenance checklist for each season. Here are a few things you should do to keep your family safe and to get your home ready for the winter season.
•Plant your winter rye grass if you haven’t already.
•Add pre-emergent to your lawn to help prevent those pesky spring weeds.
•Inspect the exterior of your home for holes and cracked caulking. Fill all holes to prevent small pests and critters from entering. And replace any damaged, missing or weather-cracked caulking.
•Replace all missing or damaged weather-stripping around your windows and doors.
•Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected for safety before you use it for the first time this season.
•Contact a professional to inspect and overhaul your furnace.
•Check your roof for any missing or damaged shingles and replace them where needed.
•Trim the tree branches away from your roof and gutters.
•Rake the leaves and clean out underneath all bushes and shrubs. This will help prevent a potential fire and will ensure the health of your foliage.
•Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
•Check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers.
•Have a landscaper test the freeze sensors on your sprinklers to make sure they’re working properly.
•Cover all your exterior faucets with insulated foam covers.
•Look for any plumbing that is exposed to below freezing temperatures and cover them with foam tubing. This will help prevent them from bursting.
•Wrap your water heater with an insulated blanket to help save money on your utility bill.
•Clean out your gutters to remove all debris. When wet leaves and debris are left in your gutters, and the temperatures dip below freezing, the debris will freeze causing excessive weight in your gutters and they’ll pull away from your home.
•Check under your sinks and anywhere else plumbing enters your home. Oftentimes, you will find big gaps in the wall surrounding the plumbing. You should fill in those gaps with expandable foam to keep out pests and unwanted critters.
Maintaining your home throughout the year will help to retain its value. Deferred maintenance of your home could end up costing you money in replacement costs due to not performing a few simple routine maintenance tasks each season. Therefore, you should put together a maintenance checklist for each season and make sure that all those tasks are completed.
If you’re considering the purchase of a new home, contact your realtor to request a list of available homes in your area. He would be more than happy to assist you with all your real estate needs in Florida.
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About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida. Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties. Millie is fluent in English and Spanish with a strong network of real estate professionals worldwide. Other post by Millie Gil
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