The holidays are almost done. Once you’ve cleaned up, turned the calendar to 2017 and woken from a too-short long winter’s nap, you may realize you forgot one non-holiday chore: winter-proofing your home. It’s not too late. And – thanks to our friends at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors – we’re able to offer a checklist of ways to prepare for the rest of the season.
Roof and gutters. Check and replace damaged shingles. Clean gutters of leaves and twigs. That will prevent disaster when the snow melts.
Furnace. Make sure your service and maintenance is up to date. There’s an unwritten rule that heat goes out on the coldest night of the year (which is always on a weekend). Don’t let it happen to you!
Windows. Close the latch on every window with a sliding panel (you’d be amazed how drafty those can get). Ensure that every window is tightly sealed, and water is not collecting in the sills.
Doors. As with windows, make sure door frames are securely sealed, without cracks. Consider sealing or insulating mail slots and “doggy doors.”
Floors. Check for gaps between exposed floorboards, especially in unfinished rooms. If you have central heating, be sure that ducts connected to floor vents are well insulated.
Space heaters. They should never be near bedding, curtains, paper – anything flammable.
Insurance. Is your policy up to date? Extreme weather can damage your property. Be sure you’re covered!
Then – after checking off your checklist – you can “cover up” again.
Check back soon for KMS Partners’ “spring cleaning” list. Spring will come – eventually!
As always, we’re here to help! Contact KMS Partners at 203-295-4375 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting with you in 2017. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!