March 28, 2019

Your home’s post-winter checklist.

The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And winter is long gone…sort of. Winter weather can cause significant damage to your home that lingers long after the snow has melted. Here’s a helpful list of where to look and what to check for from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Interior

  • Check your basement and any crawlspaces for standing water, dripping, or signs of water damage.
  • Clean the exhaust hose and vent of your dryer. Built-up lint is a common cause of house fires.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator and freezer coils to keep things running smoothly.
  • Clean your exhaust fan outlets and screens for greater efficiency.
  • Check all of your air filters and replace them if necessary.

Exterior

  • Check for any damage to your roof. If there’s visible moisture or discoloration in your attic, your roof might be leaking. When in doubt, have a professional come out for an inspection.
  • If the paint on your siding or trim is peeling, you might need a fresh coat or two of weather-protectant paint.
  • Check for drafts around your windows and doors. The tighter the seal, the lower your energy bill (especially come next winter, and yes, there will be a next winter).

Yard

  • Check for signs of rodents and other pests. Such as ants or termites. Contact a professional if you see anything suspicious.
  • Clean debris from gutters and downspouts. Make sure rain water drains away from your home.
  • Trim any overhanging tree branches and shrubs that could fall and crash into your home.

A little TLC now could save you from a money pit later.