Our checklist is here to prepare your home for winter by giving you quick and easy tips to winter-proof your home during the harsh winter months. Let’s face it, we all have busy lives, and remembering to seal up windows and wrap pipes is a lot of work when you’re being pulled in several directions.
Everyone knows that doing all the things necessary to prepare your home for winter can be time-consuming and tedious. The important thing to remember is that an unprepared home can suffer serious damage when temperatures start to drop and snow starts to fall.
Our checklist will provide effective solutions to take some of the pain out of the process of preparing your home for winter.
Windows that aren’t sealed properly make it nearly impossible to properly heat your home. Air leaks, holes that let in water and moisture, and loose-fitting windows will not only damage your home but drastically raise your energy bill. Here are a few quick, easy, and inexpensive ways to insulate your windows:
- Weather Stripping – Weather stripping can be either foam or plastic and is used to seal up the cracks and seams of a window to prevent air leaks. Better yet, it doesn’t impact the opening and closing of windows.
- Rope Caulk – Caulk is a great way to seal up gaps in window frames and seal up holes, especially in older windows. At the end of winter, it is fairly simple to remove.
- Shrink Film – Applying shrink film to windows with double-sided tape is a quick way to block airflow and keep in heat and keep out cold for your windows
- Nail Polish – This simple hack is a great way to fill cracks in the glass until you can get your windows replaced in the spring
- Foam Insert Tubing – Foam tubing is made to flex and fit in tight spaces, this helps to seal up the bottom of a drafty window. Simply buy a kit and cut a piece to fit your window and then carefully squeeze it into place.
By using these steps to seal up and insulate windows, you can prepare your home for winter with minimal effort and cost.
Trim Tree Branches
The last thing you need is a large tree branch falling onto your home during the heavy winter snow. Even worse, a weighted down tree can topple entirely under the weight of snow. Trimming overhanging and large branches is a relatively simple way to protect and prepare your house for winter with little to no cost in time or energy.
Have Your Fireplace Inspected
If you’re fortunate enough to have a working fireplace during winter then your home will likely stay a lot warmer. However, it is a good idea to have the fireplace inspected to ensure that it operates properly. A typical inspection will cover all the important parts of your chimney, roof, and fireplace to prevent any problems when you start your first fire once winter sets in.
Check The Roof and Gutters
Having proper drainage is one of the ways to prepare your house for winter. One way to do this is to check your roof for damage, making sure there are no worn spots, busted shingles, or buildup of debris. Next, you’ll want to check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear and flowing properly. This will allow water and snow to drain off your home quickly and prevent further problems.
Once you’ve made sure everything in and around your home is secure using our tips, you’re ready to endure your next harsh winter. There are lots more tips to help make your home nice and warm the next time you prepare your house for winter.
Moving is hard work, regardless of whether you move in the summer or the winter. And while summer might be the typical moving season, a winter move allows you to take advantage of lower rates and easier scheduling. As long as you stay organized, make sure all the snow and ice are cleared away, and hire a professional moving company, your move will be a success. Check out 2 Guys and a Van for all the information you’ll need to winter move.
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