Preparing the home’s exterior for winter


Getting ready for winter can be a difficult task for many homeowners, especially if they live in an area that regularly receives cold temperatures and precipitation. It may be important to look for some ways to protect the exterior of the home in order to ensure that it is comfortable living there throughout the winter.

Prevent dangerous issues
There are some notable tasks that homeowners will need to keep up with during snowy and icy winters. This can aid in keeping the home functioning properly for years to come.

  • Keep foundation free of snow/ice – When it snows, or rains and freezes, it is important for the homeowner to regularly shovel the surrounding area of the home. Snow and ice that builds up against the foundation can damage it severely. This can lead to water leaking into the basement and causing many other basement issues down the line.
  • Prevent ice dams – Another important task to keep in mind is the likelihood of ice dams. These build up near the home’s gutters, and if the snow is not cleared from the roof, it can actually cause a significant amount of damage – that can cost a lot of money to replace.
  • Salt sidewalks – This will help keep ice from building up near the home, while helping residents get in and out safely.

Small renovations important
While there are some things that don’t need to be done every year, items that help strengthen the outside of the house can also keep residents warm while inside.

  • Replace old windows – Taking out old windows and adding in energy-efficient options can have a positive effect. This will save money by cutting down leaks where heat would escape, while keeping the home at a more level temperature.
  • Add weather stripping – Putting weather stripping on doors and windows will further lessen drafts, keeping residents warm and with more money in their pockets.

Having a property that is functional and structurally sound is important for any homeowner, no matter where they live. It also may benefit them to look into other ways to help keep their home in good condition, such as a home warranty. This type of plan can help them ensure they are covered in the event something in the home stops operating properly in the future.

The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.