Winter Home Maintenance

Winter Home Maintenance

Q? How should I prepare my home for winter?

A: The cold grip of winter is just around the corner and we have already had a white blanket of it this season. Here is a checklist of winter home maintenance tasks that we will conduct during a Home Maintenance Inspection.

Indoors:

  • Inspection of your heating system
  • Inspect your fireplace and chimney.
  • Inspect dryer hoses and exterior dryer vents.
  • Check furnace filter. Plan to change your filter every month during the winter to reduce energy costs.
  • Check your air ducts. You can simply take off the register covers and vacuum inside if the duct system has been cleaned regularly.
  • Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
  • Check your fire extinguishers.
  • Inspect your attic to make sure it is getting cool, fresh air and that there is no evidence of condensation.

Outdoors:

  • Check to ensure sprinkler systems are blown out and winterized and exterior faucets and water lines insulated.
  • Check the condition of your deck and waterproofing sealant.
  • Check weather-stripping on doors.
  • Check caulk on windows.
  • Check roof for damaged or missing shingles or problems with flashing.
  • Locate your snow removal tools: snow shovel, plows, and snow blowers. Make sure they are ready to go.

Courtesy of A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections.

Luc Poirier

Luc Poirier

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CENTURY 21 Shield Realty Ltd., Brokerage*
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