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Maintaining your home in Winter

Posted by Rebekah Hutton on Tue, Jul 2020

Maintaining your home in Winter

Winter has sprung upon us once again and unfortunately prepping your home for the coldest season is something all homeowners should do if they want to maintain the value of their home. Follow these simple Winter maintenance tips to ensure that you get the best price for your home when it comes time to sell.


Clean your gutters

While this certainly isn’t a fun job, it is a great investment of time and can save you a lot of money in the long run. A neglected gutter can overflow and become damaged; this puts direct pressure on your roof. A well-maintained gutter reduces the risk of needing to replace them prematurely. Now that the leaves have fallen, it’s the perfect time to clean those gutters.


Seal the gaps

Even the smallest gap between windows and doors can create a noticeable draft throughout the home that certainly won’t be appreciated during these colder months. These gaps can cause your heating bills to spike as you attempt to keep your home warm. Check for drafts by opening and closing your windows and doors; do you notice a gap between the seals? You can use weatherstripping or caulk to seal these gaps which will save you money on heating as well as increase the appeal of your property to potential buyers.


Check your smoke detectors

Unfortunately, the increased use of heating in Winter, means that there is generally an increased risk of house fires. Also, due to the cold, we are also much more likely to have our home closed up tight, meaning carbon monoxide poisoning becomes a much bigger danger. Be proactive and check that all your smoke detectors are working and replace the batteries if needed. You may also want to consider investing in some monoxide detectors if you haven’t already.


Consider pest control

As we retreat to the warmth of indoors, unfortunately the pesky creepy crawlies try to do the same thing. It may be a good idea to do some pest control to keep this problem at bay. The last thing you want when trying to sell your property is dealing with an infestation. The key areas to look out for and address include vents, garages, basements, attics, kitchen pantries and bathrooms.


Keep your outdoor areas in check

Despite the cold weather, it’s certainly worth spending a few extra hours outside to keep your outdoor areas well maintained. Many homeowners choose to ignore the exterior of their home in Winter, meaning they end up being faced with a huge, unmanageable task. A neat, well maintained entrance and garden can add thousands to the value of your home as it equates to a cared for and loved home.