Last winter the snow came quite unexpectedly and caught us by surprise for many of us. And despite opening up some amazing views, it brought concern for some homeowners as well.
That’s because a lot of us have the bad habit of not preparing their houses for the coming cold weather which in some cases might cost us dearly. So now is your last chance to right that wrong and gets your house in order for the colder weather.
1. Seal Air Leaks
First and foremost, you have to dedicate some time to detecting and sealing air leaks. If you don’t do that, you risk paying a small fortune on energy bills. The simplest way to get this task crossed off the to-do list is to find a local handyman who’ll be able to perform an energy assessment test.
If you want to do it on your own, there are some key areas inside and outside your home you should carefully check out. Begin the outside inspection by looking at all corners of your house, as well as at where the siding and brick meet. Inside your house look for gaps or cracks at:
- Weather stripping around windows and doors
- Door and window frames
- Air conditioners
- Vents & fans
- Electrical outlets
2. Roof Inspection
Inspecting your roof and gutters is another crucial task you should perform before the rain and snow come falling down. There are some issues you might find up there that will be much easier to repair earlier on. If you wait, those problems will get a whole lot worse and you might even find yourself in a situation where you need to deal with serious water damage repair. A couple of years ago when Melbourne was struck by some heavy rains I was in such a nasty predicament. It’s not an experience I want to repeat. So either hire a handyman company to inspect your roof and gutters, or get a ladder and check the state of your roof by yourself.
3. Chimney Maintenance
Before you snuggle cosily in front of the fireplace, have it cleaned along with the chimney. If you skip on that, you’ll put both you and your family at serious house fire risk because of the creosote build-up inside the chimney. And while you’re at it, put a chimney cap. It will protect both your fireplace and your roof.
4. Safety Check
Testing the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also make the winter’s to-do list. And if need be, replace the batteries of the detectors. Fire extinguishers should also be checked out. Look for the expiration date and if the extinguisher is past it, replace it.
Have you already done the winter check up? If so, what are the areas of your house you put under the most serious scrutiny?