Tips for Getting Your House Ready for Winter

While we’re fortunate to live in an area where winters aren’t harsh, preparing your home for the change in seasons is still important. Start by clearing your yard of any debris and mulching flower beds and around trees and bushes. Inspect walkways for any broken or missing bricks/stones and repair promptly to eliminate trip and fall hazards. Wash windows and siding if needed, and inspect your roof for any damage. This is very important. You don’t want an ice or heavy rainstorm to reveal them! Be proactive.

You should also check your home for drafts and repair any holes or cracks you find. As the temperatures cool, insects and small critters could find their way into your home through them. This is also a good time to check your home for any signs of termite damage. If you have a heating system, now’s the time to clean and test it. While you’re at it, test your generator as well. If it’s not working properly, check out generator repairs Houston TX for help. A generator can be a real life saver during a power outage, and even though we don’t have to worry about brutal snow storms, ice storms and heavy rains can just as easily take down power lines and cause problems. If you have very young, very old, or infirm family members, a generator is even more important. It will allow you to stay warm/cool and well-fed during times of severe weather or other causes of power outages.

If you want to paint the exterior of your home, now is the perfect time. With humidity levels down and cooler temps, it will be more comfortable to do the job and it will dry better. The same is true if you need to stain your home or apply a waterproofing treatment.

If you’re putting up holiday decorations, use care. Inspect all ladders before using and always have someone on the ground watching when you use one. Make sure the lights you use are made for outdoor use and that the cords aren’t damaged in any way. Only use properly grounded outlets and extension cords and never overload them.

Finally, clean those gutters! Clogged gutters are a leading cause of leaky roofs and water damage, so make sure to clear them out regularly. Applying a specially made mesh cover over them can help make the job easier.

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