Winter Means Inspection Time: 5 Important Things to Look For During Your Winter Weather Inspection of Your Home

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Getting yourself ready for winter is about as easy as walking into your nearest store and grabbing some turtlenecks, one or two coats and a pair of mittens. When it comes to readying a home for the season, however, things are never that easy.

Many homeowners start tuning up their houses as early as mid-fall, but if you’ve been too busy to spare time for winter preparations, it’s not too late. You still have time to do some touch-ups in and around the house while the temperatures are still bearable.

Below are five key things to look for when getting your home ready for the long, cold season.

1. Problems With The Exterior

On day one of your inspection, walk around the house and try to spot any defects, be they cracks, damaged windowsills, peeling paint, and so on. You can also get a professional to inspect your roof and make sure every tile is intact. And, if you have exposed pipes, consider having them insulated to prevent freezing and blockage.

Snowy weather can make branches to break off and damage your house, so don’t forget to check if any trees in your yard need trimming. The takeaway here is to find and fix every issue that is outside while it’s still relatively warm, so you won’t have to get yourself knee-deep in snow and ice when winter comes.

2. Air Leaks

Openings in walls, roofs, and entryways can make heating up your home very expensive. Therefore, once you’re done inspecting the outside, get in the house and check for cracks, failing caulking and worn-out weather seals. Warm air rises toward the roof, so be particularly keen with the ceiling, attic hatch, and plumbing vents. Again, your roofing guy can lend you some much-needed assistance.

3. How Ready Is Your Heating System?

Your heater will likely be your best friend this winter, so invite a pro to ensure it’s in proper working order before you put it to work. If you have a chimney, get it ready by inspecting for cracks, build-up or bird’s nests, as well as broken bricks and crumbling mortar. Ensure that the damper seals tightly and that you have enough wood and kindling to last a while.

4. Clutter In Your Garage

In the same way that you revamp your closet for the winter, get in your garage and see how to organize it. You probably won’t need the lawn-mower, hedge trimmer or rake so consider pushing those to the back, and bringing winter necessities like snow blowers, shovels and sleds to the front. Storage boxes should also go to the back, along with the remains of your summer projects.

Tuning your garage may seem unimportant, but you’ll have no one to blame but yourself when the ice hits, and you can’t find the tools you need.

5. Emergency Measures

Blackouts and snow-ins occur regularly during winter months, so you’ll need to ensure your home is well prepared. Your checklist should have items like flashlights, a first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, bottled water, medicine, pet food, battery backups for your important electronics, and phone numbers for your utility companies.

Also, see if any of your smoke detectors are faulty or if the batteries need changing. That way, you’ll be ready in case a fire ignites as a result of a defective heater or sparks from your fireplace.

Conclusion

Getting your home ready for the winter starts by conducting a thorough inspection to see what needs changing, fixing or replacing. As you prepare to pump the heat, paying extra attention to the factors above will go a long way into giving you a warm, safe and energy conscious winter.

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