With a lot of the country dealing with bitter cold & figid temperatures, it’s a good reminder to make sure your home is ready for winter. We have had a few personal experiences that made us realize we hadn’t planned ahead for some of these items: drafty windows in below zero temps, leaves in the gutters that didn’t allow snow to appropriately melt, and not keeping a close enough eye on trees in heavy snowfall. We learned our lesson with that one and had the worst case scenario happen to us last year with a tree falling onto our house in a big snowstorm. Luckily, damage was only minimal and to our defense, it was a tree on Boulder County property – not one of ours! I do come from the standpoint that you learn from your mistakes, but it would probably be best to try to avoid major issues in the first place because burst pipes or chimney fires are not something to joke around about.
Houzz & Huffington Post both have checklists that are worth a read: Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist and Winter Home Maintenance Checklist. To me, it’s worth paying attention to things that you think may affect your home and addressing those as soon as possible.
Happy winter, folks!