Winter weather is just around the corner and this is the time of year to make sure your home is prepared for the cold months ahead. Follow my checklist to winter-proof your home and to save hundreds of dollars on energy costs, potentially thousands of dollars in preventable home repair fees and to protect yourself and your loved ones from preventable accidents.
1. Seal driveways, brick patios, and wood decks. Clear away dead shrubbery near your foundation. Check walls for cracks and seal them as necessary
2. Inspect your attic to ensure you have adequate insulation to prevent warm air from escaping and forming condensation or ice dams in your home. Replace worn or missing roof shingles or tiles. Make sure that water from gutters runs away from the house by at least 2-3 metres. Clean your gutters
3. Change or repair weather stripping around doors. Look for cracks where heat may escape, and fill them. Upgrade dated windows with new, energy-efficient ones. Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation of your home