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Here are the Top Residential Winter preparation tasks:
- All outside water spickets should be turned off and covered. All exterior water hoses are disconnected from the spickets. All irrigation and lawn & garden hoses disconnected from spickets and have taken the watering heads off.
- Clean out all water drain points. This would include all roof drains, irrigation drains, and road or patio drains. Cleaning this points out means removing all buildup so that when the rains come, the water runoff will quickly be moved off the roofs and away from the building structures. Water damage from damaged drain points is one of the largest issues in older homes and reduces value.
- Review all your door, window, and other building entry seals for a secure, water-tight closing.
- When it gets colder, any open entry areas under or around your building will be entry points for rodents. Review all these areas to make sure rodents can’t get in. Place rodent killers in known areas of entry.
- HVAC review. Clean out or replace HVAC filters. This should be done twice a year to maintain optimal HVAC efficiency. Review all the air registers in the property for the level of airflow. If a room is rarely used, close the register – why waste heat when it could be going where it’s needed?
- Review the area where the thermostat is located. If the registers around the thermostat are closed or don’t have good airflow, the HVAC may be heating other areas incorrectly and staying on longer than needed.
- If you have ceiling fans, use them. In the winter, ceiling fans can be reversed to push the warm air down, maintaining a better average temperature throughout the floor.
- Make sure that the intake vents are not being blocked and are clean. If your HVAC system is old and you want to upgrade, look into a heat pump system. Heat pumps are more expensive but will pay for themselves quickly in monthly cost savings.
- Caulk is cheap – Leaks are expensive:
- Purchase caulk and review all window, door, and siding trim for caulk damage. Where ever the old caulk is separated from the trim, use a caulk removal tool or knife to remove the old caulk. Once clean, recaulk with a heavy bead line, smooth out, and you’re done.
- Exterior Paint cracking and chipping: If you have any areas on your buildings where paint has cracked or bare wood may be showing, scrape off the paint, sand until smooth, and repaint with a primer to cover all bare spots. Once the wood has started to rot, there’s no fixing it. Protect your wood and siding with continual annual maintenance.
- Roof issues: If you think you may have any roof issues, call and schedule a roof inspection before the fall or before it becomes an issue. Most roof issues that have caused the most damage were known issues that were neglected. Regular maintenance can significantly prolong a roof’s life with simple maintenance like not letting debris build up and sit. Removing moss annually and repairing small issues before they turn into large issues.
A little annual planning and maintenance go a long way to keeping your investment in good shape. Too often, we’ve seen neglect and maintenance issues wreck and reduce the value of properties. Don’t let this happen to your investment.