Preparing Your Home for Winter: Six Simple Tasks

Two busy times to search for houses in Rhode Island are the spring and fall. And for good reason. Not only are there more houses to look at, but the houses also show very well during those seasons. However, living in Rhode Island means you will have to contend with Old Man Winter. So while looking at houses with spring blooms or autumn colors, you also need to understand how to prepare your home for the upcoming winter. Here are some basic tasks to keep in mind:

  1. Check your doors and windows for leaks: Rhode Island winters can get cold! To make sure that your home stays as cozy as possible, and to keep your heating bills low, check your doors and windows to see if they are sealed properly. Make sure there is adequate weather stripping and that it is in good condition.

  2. Take a look at the roof: To prevent winter issues to your roof, replace any shingles that are missing, loose, or damaged.

  3. Service your furnace: The last thing any home owner wants is to turn on the furnace...and nothing happens. Call a professional to inspect your furnace to ensure that it is in good working order, and to address any issues before you need some warmth.

  4. Shut off the outside faucets: Do you know what can happen if you forget to turn off any outside faucets? Any water that is not drained can freeze. That means burst pipes. To prevent this from happening, simply disconnect any garden hoses and drain any water that remains.

  5. Trim the trees: Winter storms are common in Rhode Island, and with that comes strong wind gusts and blowing snow. Weaker tree branches can easily be broken off and fall onto your property, or your neighbor's. To avoid the possibility of winter storm damage, take a few minutes to trim smaller or dead branches from trees or larger shrubs. This has the added advantage of helping the tree flourish when spring arrives.

  6. Do you have the equipment?: Shovels, sand, salt. These are the basic tools needed to deal with winter. Check that you have these items, and they are either in good condition or you have enough.

Preparing your home for winter can see like a daunting task, but it really doesn't take long. Set aside one afternoon, and rest easy, knowing that you and your home are ready to go.