Winterizing your home will prevent it from incurring any more damage if another winter storm hits. Here are some tips on how to get this done.
What can you do to winterize your home here in Charlotte?
In light of our ice and snow earlier in January, there are a few precautions you can take before the next storm hits. Of course, this being Charlotte, the storm might never come. Wasn’t it great to be in the 70’s on Sunday?! It makes me wish we could jump straight to spring. With temperatures expected to be low in the coming weeks, though, it’s best to be prepared.
The first thing you can do to winterize your home is to drain all the water from your water spigots on the outside and remove any hose bibs. This is one of the key places where freezing occurs on most people’s properties. You can also buy a cover for as little as $2.
Secondly, clean out your gutters. Many of us have trees in our backyards, and it’s no good to have gutters full of dead leaves when you have ice building up. This can damage your roof.
Third, keep an eye on your carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure their batteries are fresh and they’re operating correctly. With so many of us using our gas fireplaces, you can never be too careful.
Finally, make sure your air filters are clean. This is something that you should do on a monthly basis. While your systems are working harder and you’re using more heat, though, you want to make sure they’re highly functional right now.
If you have any time left, look around your house and see if you need any other weather stripping or anything needs to be caulked so you’re not letting any extra cold air in.
Hopefully this cold weather will be gone soon, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you!