To borrow a line from everyone’s favorite HBO-show, “Winter is coming.” Or, for some places in the world, it’s already here. But is your home as ready for winter as you are? Read on for five tips to make sure you have a great winter season with no chilly surprises.
Nothing will make a homeowner consider purchasing a generator like a few days without heat. Winter means ice-storms and falling electrical lines. Sometimes it can take days or even weeks to get power back up and running. Going without a shower or losing all of the food in your fridge is one thing, but being without heat on some of the coldest days of the year is where most people draw the line. So if buying a generator was already on your mind, or in this year’s budget, best to purchase it before you actually need it.
One of the least suspecting characters of the bunch, your pipes can cause you endless headaches when the weather cools down. Frozen pipes are among the most-reported homeowner problems of the season, but without the required expertise, it’s very hard to anticipate a problem in advance. So rather attempting any fixes or checkups yourself, why not hire someone to do it for you. You’ll be happy you did, and you can go back to focusing on the more enjoyable activities of the season.
If your roof as ready for winter as you are? Hot summer days followed by chilly autumn weather can cause some serious wear and tear on your home’s roof. So if it’s been a few years since the last time you had it repaired, or even checked, now may be the time. More homeowners discover faulty shingling at a time of year they’d rather not—when layers of ice begin to melt and make their way into your home.
Is this the first winter you’re spending in a new home? What worked for the warmer months may not be the case for the colder ones. Be sure your home is properly insulated for the winter weather, and if not, be sure to have enough heat sources to make up the difference.
A final point to check before winter sets in, is to inspect the area around your home. Dangling branches or trees that overshadow your home could potentially become hazardous in the event of an ice or snow storm. Making sure the perimeter of your home is out of reach of any falling debris isn’t the first thought you may have, but definitely one to consider before the winter season.
So check your home and get the help you need to be sure you’re truly ready for the snowy season. This way you can enjoy winter, and not spend time and money on expensive last-minute repairs.