If you live in Ohio, there are things you can do every fall and winter so that your new home stays in good condition! Simms Development homes are designed to be low-maintenance, but performing these important tasks can prevent costly repairs later on down the line and help your home and belongings survive our tough Ohio winters. What tasks are most important to tackle to ensure your home serves you well through the coming months?
- Clean the gutters. In the frigid Mid-west, this task is especially crucial because of freezing and thawing.
- Check for leaks in windows and roofs. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk. Repair any damaged roof shingles.
- Cut trees and shrubs away from your home, especially if snowfall will cause them to bend and rub against the house.
- Turn off all outside water and sprinklers. Close any shut-off valves, then open the outside faucet to drain the line.
- Damaged walkways, drives or steps can be dangerous when the weather turns icy. Fixing problems now can prevent expensive headaches later.
- Make sure deck and porch boards are secure. Loose or warped boards are hazardous.
- Store mowers and prep snow removers.
- Store summer tools and prep winter ones.
- Put away patio tables and chairs, grills, and kids’ toys.
- Have the furnace inspected by a professional. Replace all filters.
- Change the setting on your humidifier for winter.
- Set your programmable thermostat for your current schedule.
- If you go on vacation, remember to leave your heat on, set no lower than 55 degrees.
- Get an emergency kit ready. Include items you may need in the event of a utility failure: water, flash lights and batteries, first aid kit, whistles to signal for help, basic tools, manual can opener, small supply of food, radio, candles, lighter, blankets and rope.
With these tips, you’ll be ready to take on the upcoming winter season. Remember, even new homes can benefit from some extra TLC!
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