5 Winter Repairs That Save Homeowners Money

Most people realize when they purchase a home that there are going to be ongoing expenses that have nothing to do with the monthly mortgage payment. Not only do homes come with plenty of utility bills if you want to keep the power and water running, but they also require annual maintenance, as well as less frequent repairs and upgrades meant to keep the home functional and safe for inhabitants. And if you happen to settle in a region that experiences harsh winter weather, you’ll come to understand pretty quickly that certain tasks must be accomplished before the temperature plummets and your structure is beset on all sides by snow drifts, ice, and other winter hazards. So here are just a few repair projects you’ll want to complete for the winter since failing to do so could lead to serious problems and major expense.

  1. Gutters and downspouts. You probably clean your gutters and downspouts seasonally to make sure they aren’t clogged by leaves and other debris or inhabited by rodents. But it’s important to undertake a thorough cleaning and inspection before winter weather strikes in order to make sure that the system is working perfectly and is free of damage. Loose gutters or tiny cracks might not seem like a big deal in the fall, but once your gutters are weighed down by ice you’ll be singing a different tune. By spring you could have a big mess on your hands, and not just in the form of fallen or leaky gutters and downspouts, but because of flooding and foundation damage that might have been avoided if your drainage had been properly maintained and repaired.
  2. Roofing. You may not feel confident in your ability to repair your own roof. But you can probably get up there annually to check for damages or wear and tear that might require the skills of a qualified roofing repair technician to fix. So long as you practice safety first, there’s no reason you can’t go up top for a look, paying careful attention to loose or damaged shingles and any areas where flashing or caulking could deteriorate and lead to leaks.
  3. Storm windows and shutters. It’s not enough to simply pull down the screens and replace them with the storm windows that sit in your garage all summer. Before it gets cold and stormy you need to make sure that the shutters are in good shape (no loose hinges or rotten wood) and that your windows provide a tight seal. The extra level of insulation and protection provided by these products could help to ensure that your energy bills stay low throughout the winter and that a freak storm doesn’t end with a tree branch coming through your front window.
  4. Drafts. As the temperature and humidity outside change, the wooden surfaces around the perimeter of your home might experience some amount of shrinking and swelling. But as winter arrives in full force, this will become most apparent around door and window frames. Instead of dealing with uncomfortable drafts all winter, not to mention the havoc they’ll wreak on your utility bills, think about installing some weather stripping (temporary or permanent) to keep air leakage and energy waste to a minimum.
  5. Heating. There are plenty of energy saving tips pertaining to your HVAC system. For example, you can upgrade to an energy-efficient furnace or program your thermostat. But keeping your system in good repair will ensure that you have the heat you need to survive the winter and that you enjoy the greatest efficiency possible in order to keep your bills low. So schedule an annual inspection and cleaning and complete any necessary repairs. A little cost up front could save you a lot of expense and hassle down the line.

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