November 5, 2018 | David Jennings

13 Cheap & Helpful Tips  to  Winterize Your Home on a Budget!!!

This time of the year is  critical  to our pocket books! The key to saving $$$ is to keep the cold out and the heat in .  Here are some quick and easy tips to do just that!!!


1. CHECK ROOF FOR DAMAGE
- Repair any raised shingles
- Replace any damaged shingles
- Caulk any exposed fastener heads

2. TRIM OVERHANGING BRANCHES
- Cut back all vegetation that is touching the roof or siding at least 12” from the home. These plant can hold moisture that can eventually penetrate the structure causing significant damage to the home.

3. CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
- This is necessary for proper roof drainage
- This will also help prevent ice damming

4. EXTERIOR PAINT
- Paint over any exposed exterior wood siding

5. EXTERIOR CAULK
- Caulk all exposed siding joints. This will prevent moisture from entering the home.

6. BLOW OUT SPRINKLERS
- Have your sprinkler system blown out. The frost line in the winter months can penetrate well beyond the depth of your sprinkler piping, freezing any water that remains as well as breaking the lines.

7. GARDEN HOSES
- Disconnect all garden hoses, drain the hose and roll them up. Leaving the garden hoses connected can cause the water inside to freeze which can result in a severed hose or worse a broken hose bib.

8. EXTERIOR HOSE BIBS
- Insulate your home’s exterior hose bibs for the winter months while they aren’t in use.

9. CLOSE FOUNDATION VENTS
- Close the home’s foundation vents for the winter months. This will help the home maintain a more consistent temperature in the crawl space of your home.

10. A/C UNIT
 - Cover the homes Air Conditioning unit with a cover or tarp. This will help extend the overall life of the unit.

11. WEATHER STRIPPING
 - Check all weather stripping around the home’s doors to ensure the doors are completely sealed.
- Repair and replace the weather stripping as needed.

12. CHANGE FURNACE FILTER
 - Change your home’s furnace filter regularly. It is especially important as we come into winter and use the furnace often.

13. THERMOSTAT UPGRADE
 - Consider updating that old dial thermostat for a programmable one. This will ensure the furnace is only running when needed and at the peak times of the day.



These 13 tips will ensure your home will keep you safe and warm during those cold winter months. Invest some time into you largest investment. Both you and your home will be glad you did! May you have a wonderful fall and winter season.


David Jennings - Owner/Founder
Pinnacle Real Estate

Brokered by: Team One Group Real Estate
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