Winter Safety Tips For Selling Your Home
During the winter months, ice, snow, and wind can have severe consequences to the safety of your home – and your budget. Don’t you worry, there are some precautions you can take to avoid the expense of winter damage. Get started early with before that cold weather hits.
Winter Safety Tips to Help You Protect Your House Through Those Cold Months
Here are a handful of tips (inside and outside) that will aid you in protecting your home so you can sell without the worry of any damage:
Prepping for winter weather outside of your home
Temperatures will fall, and the snow will rise. You’ll be thankful to have learned these measures to safeguard your home.
Clean out the gutters – Clear all debris from your gutters so that the snow and ice can flow freely through. Without them cleaned, ice damming can occur (when water is unable to drain through the gutter and will instead seep into the house and cause water damage).
- Install gutter guards – Installing gutter guards will prevent any debris from entering the gutter, thus having the water flow away from the house.
- Repair steps and handrails – Having ice on your steps is inevitable, so you want to make sure that if someone slips that they have a reliable railing to hang onto. (Make sure you lay salt down to prevent that in the first place.)
- Trim trees and remove dead branches – The weather throughout the winter can be deadly, you’ll want to remove any branches that could break free and cause damage.
- Use caulk and seal cracks – You’ll want to seal any cracks you may have around the home to prevent air and moisture from entering. Installing weather stripping around windows and doors will prevent warm air from leaking out and cold air from blowing in.
Prepping for winter weather inside of your home
The cold temperatures can be hazardous to your water pipes and heating system. Make sure all your home’s internal systems are ready to go for winter safety. Check out these safety tips below:
- Add extra insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces – Heat in the attic can escape without the proper insulation, which can cause water on the roof to melt and could potentially form an ice dam that can damage your roof.
- Provide a reliable back-up power source – Power outages happen all the time, so you’ll want to have a portable power generator to prevent damage to pipes and the sump-pump.
- Have your heating system serviced – You should have your furnace, boiler, and chimney serviced at least once a year, to ensure that there is no fire and smoke damage.
- Install or check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Along with fires, carbon monoxide poisoning increases in the winter. Regularly check that your sensors are working.
- Know where your pipes are located and learn how to shut the water off – Knowing where to shut off the water can be critical. If your pipes freeze, leaving the water running can cause severe damage.
Winter damage can be quite costly
Last year, insured damage for severe weather events across Canada reached $1.9 billion, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. Don’t let your home be included.
Winter is the most devastating season, and a little can go a long way when it comes to repairing your home. We hope these few tips can keep your house in perfect shape when selling in the future seasons.
For more tips and tricks to keeping your home in top shape, contact our amazing staff.
With these informative tidbits of knowledge, you’ll be on your way to securing your home for the winter to come. If you want to learn about more ways to keep your home in tip-top shape, check out these “5 essential things to do before you list your home.”