Here are five tips to help you prepare your home for winter.

Fall is here, and the weather is perfect, but that means winter is about to hit us. We know you’re already getting the kids ready with jackets and gloves, but you also need to get your house ready for the freezing weather. That’s why we have five fall maintenance tips to help prepare your home for winter:

1. Look for gaps. You might find gaps in your door and window frames where a lot of energy can escape. However, make sure you look around your whole house because there can also be gaps around the cable or power lines.

2. Have your roof checked out. You might have had shingles blown off or cracked with all the crazy winds this year. Water can seep down in these areas, freeze, and make the problem worse, so it’s important to check this now.

3. Prepare outdoor faucets. If you know you won’t need it over the winter, put the hoses in the garage and maybe even turn the water off to those faucets. Newer homes will have a control valve where you can easily turn that water off.

“You need to get your house ready for the freezing weather.”

4. Get your furnace inspected. It hasn’t run since last winter, so it’s a good idea to get an HVAC tech to look at your furnace and maybe even replace the filter.

5. Have someone check your fireplace. Before you start up your first fire of the year, have someone look at the firebox and the chimney to make sure it’s all clean.

We hope these tips help you enjoy your home a bit more this fall and winter. If you have any questions about basic maintenance or other real estate topics, feel free to give us a call. We’d love to help.