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Simple Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Winter


Winter hasn't fully kicked off just yet in Denver, but we are getting a taste of it.  Now is the perfect time to protect your investment and get your home ready for the upcoming Colorado winter.  Here is a simple checklist to protect your home from the cold and make your life easier.

1.) Be Ready to Clear the Snow

It's as simple as digging out the snow shovels and salt and placing them somewhere convenient for when the snow gets here.  If you own a snow blower, make sure to start it up and make sure it is ready to go and working properly.  Doing these things now before a big snowstorm hits will make your life much easier. Thank me later.

 

2.) Keep the Animals Out

If your home has an attic, it is the perfect place for birds and squirrels to hole up in for the winter.  The animals, as cute as they are, can cause some real damage and even create health hazards in your home.  Trim tree branches away from the house and make sure your gable vents are in good shape.  It’s a good idea to put a screen up behind your gable vent just in case. Also walk around your home and look up at your soffit and fascia. Make sure there are no holes that will allow birds to get in.

 

3.) Tree Care

Carefully inspect all of the trees around your home, especially trees that could fall on your home.  Dying trees aren't always obvious and sometimes you won't notice, but it is important to find them and extract them before winter.  Fall isn't the best time to trim your trees, however, if you see branches that are really close to your home it is important to trim them.  The last thing you want are icy branches scraping up against your windows or siding causing damage.

 

4.) Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Believe it or not, wintertime is when most house fires happen.  Constantly using the furnace and making fires if you have a fireplace create a lot of extra heat in your sealed up home.  With your home sealed to keep heat in, it is extremely important to make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working properly.  Change batteries, test your detectors and keep your home and family safe.

 

5.) Clean the Gutters

Water damage is a big deal.  When gutters are not cleared out they overflow and the water runs down the side of your home.  This can cause damage to the exterior of your home and can even lead to water damage to your foundation.  I promise you, you do not want foundation problems.

 

Source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/10/01/use-this-checklist-prepare-your-home-winter/ By Dillon Landfried - Nov 21, 2019

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