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Checklist for Winterizing your Home


Temperatures may be still hovering around the 80’s and 90’s, but it’s never too early to start planning on winterizing your home. There are plenty of obvious fixes to make to your home, but there’s smaller, less known updates that can be made to help you combat the cold temperatures. Below we have included a checklist for winterizing your home this fall.

• Clean gutters

The gutters clear the inevitable precipitation from your roof, so if you have debris and leaves clogging that pathway then the weight of snow and ice will just compound when the freezing temperatures begin to hit. Make this a top priority!

• Complete a roof inspection

This is probably better to be done professionally, but hiring someone to inspect your roof for any potential damage to shingles or insulation issues can help you keep the cold air out this winter.

• Insulate your pipes

Maintaining the health of the pipes in your home is very important during the winter months. Buying some pipe sleeves or tubular pipe wrap can help prevent your pipes from freezing and potentially leaking.

• Test your heating system

It may still be warm outside, but it may not be a bad idea to test your furnace and heating system prior to the cold months, so that you don’t get caught in the cold when you really need it.

• Add Weather Stripping to Doors and Windows

Insulation is clearly a major them when it comes to winterizing your home. Adding weather stripping to doors and windows will prevent cold air drafts from seeping its way through into your home and keeping warm air from escaping.

• Inspect your outdoor equipment

The interior of your home isn’t the only place you should be looking to winterize. If you use a snow blower during the winter months, take it out early and inspect to make sure it works properly. It’s also a good idea to remove any remaining gas from lawn mowers and summer yard equipment prior to putting away for the winter.

• Cover exterior furniture

If you don’t have any storage area for outdoor furniture, at the very least, make sure to cover any outdoor items that you want to keep protected from the elements.

Is your home ready to endure the long winter? If not, take into consideration the checklist above and create a plan of action to make sure your home is properly winterized. If you need any assistance on home upgrades this fall, consider a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) from CES Credit Union. A HELOC allows you to establish a line of credit based on the available equity in your home. Visit the following link to learn more, https://bit.ly/3Pjpybj.

All loans subject to approval based upon creditworthiness, qualifications, and collateral conditions.

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