Winter is the absolute worst time to have a home maintenance issue or emergency. But, with the help of Cap City Property Inspections and realtor.com, I put together a nice checklist to ensure you’re ready for what the winter may bring!
WINTER HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from house (to keep unwanted pests from your home)
- When it’s safe to do so, occasionally check for ice dam formation in the gutters (ice dams can cause massive damage)
- Remove screens from windows and install storm windows
- Familiarize yourself and your family with the gas and water main valves in case they need to be shut off
- Test all AFCI and GFCI devices
- Clean your oven
- Make sure you have a working generator, and keep a stash of batteries for flashlights and lanterns at the ready
- Check for any buckling limbs (especially after large snowfalls) and have them removed
- Because salt can scratch and stain wood floors, clean floors regularly
- Check for air leaks around doors and windows and seal appropriately
- To avoid allergens, dust ceiling fans and check air filters
ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS
In addition to the winter-specific items above, knock these annual items off of your list if they haven’t been done in the last 12 months:
- Review emergency escape plan with family
- Make sure your house number is visible from the street for first responders to see
- Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn, or damaged
- Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
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If you need a reference for a quality contractor or home professional, or if there’s anything else I can do to be helpful, don’t hesitate to let me know!