With the winter season, quickly approaching it is important to make sure all your vacant properties have been properly winterized. In addition to your vacant properties, you also need to take care of a few of the properties that also have tenants as well. However, what exactly goes into the winterization of a home? Below you will be given a few tips that you should take this upcoming winter season that can end up saving you thousands of dollars.
This needs to be done to both homes that are vacant and those that are not. During the fall, your gutters can become full or even clogged. Full gutters can cause several different issues to a home during the wintertime. However, two of the main damages that can occur are improper draining of snow or ice. This can lead to water leaks to the roofs, creating the need for roof repairs before your home encounters water damage. Clogged gutters also give critters a place to stay warm, which gives them more reason to enter your home leading you to deal with pests on top of winter problems.
During the winter season, any weak tree can be broken or damaged by ice, heavy snow, or winds. Therefore, you need to make sure any trees that have the potential of breaking are dealt with properly. Broken or falling limbs can cause damage to your home or vehicles if they are within range of these two. Trimming trees can also be taken care of during the spring cleanup of your property as well.
Seal Cracks or Holes
Though this is typically for empty homes, if your rented homes have this issue as well it will need to be cared for. This includes making sure you have caulked all water pipes as well as making sure all skylights and roof openings have proper weather stripping to prevent any drafts or leaks. Cracks and holes get larger over the winter creating more damage and openings for more pests to sneak in unannounced.
Install Storm Windows and Doors
If you have a newer home, chances are, you won't have to deal with this issue. However, for those who own or rent older homes, chances are, you know how important it is to install these extra windows. Without these windows in place, your home is harder to heat, which in turns raises your heating bill dramatically. By installing these windows, not only do you save on heating bills but you also give your home an extra layer of protection.
These are just four tips to help you prepare your property for the winter months ahead. Follow them and your home will be ready when the winter winds begin to blow.