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Prepare Your home for DC’s Winter Months Before the Cold Sets In

Fall is officially in the air! The leaves are changing, the air is cooling and it’s time for home owners to think about preparing for the winter months. Winterizing your home and having everything you need in place can lessen hassles and prevent headaches once the cold sets in. You’ll want to start with a checklist which includes all the important points, inside and outside of your home.

Inside your home you’ll want to start with getting a furnace inspection. There’s nothing like turning on the heat for the first time because you’re chilly, only to have it not work! And once it gets cold, it’s harder to get someone to come out and service the furnace, since you’ll be in line behind other unprepared home owners having the same problems; set an appointment now and avoid a long delay. If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected before using it for the first time this season. Check the windows around your home for drafts by holding a lighted candle nearby, if it flickers there is a draft to fix.

Outside your home check the entire exterior including windows and doors for cracks, broken glass and any exposed entry points around the foundation or pipes entering the home. Doors and windows should have weather stripping in good condition with no tears or damage. Any broken glass should be replaced, and surfaces should be primed and painted rather than left unfinished. If you have a basement it’s a great idea to protect the window wells with shields to keep the cold air, snow and ice from gathering around them.

Inspect the roof, gutters and downspouts for any damage. Make it a point to clear all leaves and other debris which has built up over the past several months. While you’re cleaning out the gutters, check the roof for any damaged or missing shingles or areas of concern. If you see anything suspicious call in an expert for a full inspection.

Additionally, properly insulate any pipes which are at risk of freezing. Pipes entering the home or in crawl spaces or unfinished/unheated basements should be insulated before temperatures drop below freezing. Turn off exterior water spouts and sprinkler systems and store garden hoses inside for the winter. Protect exterior faucets with insulated covers.

Now that your home is sealed tightly for old man winter’s arrival it’s crucial to install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on each floor of the house. Test the safety devices to ensure they’re working and keep extra batteries. For all seasons, you should have a working fire extinguisher in the house that’s within easy access.

Lastly, create an emergency kit for any unexpected power outages. Basic supplies should include emergency phone numbers, flashlights and battery powered radios with extra batteries, candles and matches, bottled water, first-aid supplies, blankets and non-perishable food items. Don’t forget your pets and any food or supplies they might need too!

For more details on how to winterize your home, check out this article from The Balance.  If you’re ready to buy or sell your home call the Realtors® who are ready to work for you. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. Let us help you every step of the way. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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