Is There Anything I Need To Do To Prepare My Home For Winter?

Winter weather has arrived, and will only get more intense as we get deeper into the season. While the colder months are good news for ski enthusiasts, the change of season also brings with it a few important chores that every homeowner needs to take care of.

If you are a first-time homeowner, fear not, we are going to go over the three most important things every homeowner needs to do to get their property ready for winter right now.

Windows & Doors
If you have not yet lived through a winter season in your home, it is worth taking careful notes this time through. Most homes, particularly older ones, experience drafts and during the winter. Not only are these drafts inconvenient for the homes occupants, but they can also lead to astronomically high heating bills if they are left unchecked.

When the cold weather arrives, it is important to take the time to prevent drafts by replacing any worn weather stripping, caulking any cracks in your window and door frames. By taking the time to get ahead of this potentially huge heating problem, you are going to save yourself a lot of money waiting for Spring.

Furnace/Fireplace
If your house has a furnace or a fireplace there are some things to take care of before you starting putting them to heavy use.

For the fireplace, it is important to clear the flue of any residual ash and debris before lighting a fire. If there are any damages that you are unsure how to fix, it is always worth the time and cost of having a professional chimney sweep come and give your fireplace a look before you begin using it regularly.

If you do not have a fireplace, or if you also have a furnace to heat the rest of your home, then you also need to remember to replace your furnace filter before using it to heat your home. Those filters can clog quickly, especially if you have not replaced it in a year or two. Left unchecked, a clogged furnace filter can become a serious fire hazard.

Heating your home is crucial during the winter and taking the time to make sure the tools you use to heat your home are clean and properly running is always worth your time.

Roof
If you live in an area that experiences snowfall every winter, then you need to make sure your roof is equipped to handle the increased load. While snow may look pretty out your window, the weight and dampness that comes with it can wreak havoc on your roof.

Before the snow season truly hits, every homeowner should give their roof a once over in order to identify any issues. It is exponentially easier to fix your roof before the snow comes than it is to repair damage during the winter.

Owning a home is an exciting life step, but it also brings with it a host of new responsibilities. If you take the time to properly prepare your home for each season, you can rest easy knowing you have done everything you can to protect your property.

Of course, no home is truly protected without a proper homeowners insurance policy. To learn more about your policy, or inquire about getting a new one, reach out to TGS Insurance. Visit www.tgsinsurance.com to learn more.

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