Defending Your House to Prevent Cold Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Need to Know

Protecting Your New Home for WinterBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Summer is a favorite time for moving to a new home in Colorado Springs. For first time homeowners, this is a period that's brimming with excitement and zeal as you get to begin a new path with your loved ones while getting all moved in and settled. It is also a time of year you will want to start thinking about how you can safeguard your residence from the nasty elements of approaching frigid weather that is coming up next as the seasons change. Should you be new to the world of homeownership, here are some tips to ensure your property is wintertime ready this year:

Install Faucet Covers

Repairing broken water pipes and faucets can be an a costly issue, especially for new homeowners who've spent a great deal of funds to move to Colorado Springs to their new house to start with. Before winter weather sets in, be sure to install insulated faucet covers on all of the faucets on the outside of of your home. This is likewise the perfect time to check all uncovered piping around your house and wrap it up as required.

Clean the Gutters

Preferably, you'll have gutters with built in covers or screens to keep leaves and also dirt from entering the drainage reservoirs in the first place, but if not, then you should make an effort to clear them out before the freezing weather has arrived. Clogged gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight if they are not draining appropriately, and this can lead to the rain gutters falling off your home.

Clean the Walkways

Vegetation and other lawn debris can get slimy if it begins to get rotten and decay in rain and also wintry conditions, which can lead to slip and fall dangers. Use a hands-on strategy to protect your loved ones along with guests from an accident and blow the clutter aside in advance of when wintry weather sets in.

Seal Windows and Doors

Drafts waste significant energy and will lead to more expensive heating bills when frigid weather sets in. Look at each door and window at your residence and determine if you're able to feel a draft blowing through. Foam strips are a rapid and affordable way to close up the drafts in windows and doors. They come in numerous various thicknesses as well as sizes, and have adhesive backs, to ensure that they will stick to virtually any surface. In the future, you can look at investing in storm or replacement windows and doors that will perform a better job insulating your residence all seasons of the year.

Chimney Inspection and Cleaning

Chimney fires can be a hazardous issue that may be averted with some TLC in advance of when Mother Nature turns down the thermostat. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests might possibly be the most common reasons for chimney fires and could be cleaned out swiftly by a professional chimney sweep, who will use specialized equipment and brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote build up.

Furnace Upkeep

Now is the best time to head over to the furnace, change the air filters, and make sure the equipment is operating as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically detect once the temperature drops at your residence and kick on accordingly. Once you have confirmed that your furnace is functioning properly, move around the house and look at each heater vent to make sure they are simply open and free of hindrances.

Safeguard Deck Furniture and Grills

Harsh wintertime weather elements might cause your outdoor grill as well as patio furniture to deteriorate and decay. Before winter begins, buy a grill cover and outdoor furniture covers. Clean your items, let it dry thoroughly, and then securely cover it for the winter. Chair covers, cushions, and pillows should be kept in the garage until warm conditions present themselves once again in the spring season.

Think ahead and defend your home and yard gear from the harsh elements of winter. By making sure your home is winterized within the autumn months, it can save you time and expense while not having to carry the strain of costly home repairs.

We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the crews and equipment on hand to help you move into your new residence, and can offer you suggestions on how to best protect your new investment when you are all settled in.

Contact us today so we can aid with all your residential move to Colorado Springs!