Here are five tips you must remember as you prepare your home for winter:
1. Seal any cracks or crevices around the house. As we’re getting ready for winter, all the critters and rodents out there are looking for a warm place to stay, so don’t let it be your house.
2. Clean your gutters. They need to be clear of any debris so water can drain away from the foundation and ice doesn’t accumulate.
3. Prepare your central air compressor. We usually like to tell people to start by turning off the breaker to the A/C compressor, and there’s a disconnecting lever located out by the compressor that you’ll want to pull and turn upside down. You’ll also want to spray any debris off of it, and some recommend covering it with a tarp to keep snow and ice off of it.
As we’re getting ready for winter, all the critters and rodents out there are looking for a warm place to stay, so don’t let it be your house.
4. Prepare your furnace and HVAC system. Your furnace and fan work very hard all winter, so if you haven’t replaced your filter in a while, put a new one in. It also wouldn’t hurt to call a professional and have them inspect these items.
5. Remove any garden hoses attached to your outside water spigots. If you don’t do this, the water in the hose will freeze, back up into the spigot, and break the pipes in your basement. You won’t even know about it until spring rolls around next year and your basement floods the first time you use the hose again. This has happened to me before, so don’t let it happen to you.
As always, if you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.