Winter is fast approaching, and for many homeowners winter can mean higher hydro bills and the potential for damage to your home from wind or storms. While you have the opportunity (and decent weather!) it’s worthwhile to take care of minor repairs around your home so the winter months go smoothly.
Clean out your gutters
A clogged gutter or eavestroughing is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to ice dams and water intrusion when they melt. Clear your gutters and make sure you don’t have any areas in disrepair before the winter.
Inspect your roof
Like the eavestroughing, your roof is a prime spot for moisture intrusion if any of your shingles are damaged or missing.
Seal your windows and/or doors
Drafty windows and doors are the number one place your precious and expensive heat will sneak out of your home, so use weatherstripping or caulking to seal up any cold spaces around your doors or windows.
Have your heating system inspected.
It typically costs less than $100 to have someone ensure your heating system is ready to handle the winter months, and it’s best to double-check now before your heating system runs the risk of breaking down when you need it the most.