Will You Winterize Your Home This Year

Will You Winterize Your Home This Year

images-11Home owners will take better care of their game room, take more time planning their Sunday football party than they will taking care and maintaining their own homes which is really disheartening. People don’t think of their home’s worth until they want to sell it and then cry and complain that their home is worth much more than they were told its actually worth.

Well, if you don’t take the time to take care and maintain your home, don’t expect your home to take care of you when the time comes.

It’s almost sweater weather and soon it will be winter coat weather before you know it and its time to winterize your home. Have you thought about getting your home ready for this winter?  Here are some tips to keep your home happy this winter.

Insulate, Insulate, Insulate

Do you have an attic? When was the last time you were in it? Get up there! If you can see the ceiling joists, you need more insulation. Ceiling joists are about 10 or 11 inches.

Is your furnace dirty

Do you change the filter in your furnace every 90 days? Most people don’t. You are most likely breathing in a lot of dirt, dust and allergy particles. Lets start there. Change your filter. Next, does your furnace even work? You don’t want to find out on the coldest day of the year do you? If you smell a strong burning type of smell that lasts only a short time, thats usually normal however if it lasts a long time, call a professional. You might need a cleaning or there could be something really wrong with it. It will pay in the long run if you invest in a maintenance plan and it will give you piece of mind and will extend the life of your furnace.

Are your gutters clogged

Do you even know where your gutters are, everyone tends to forget about them.Once those leaves start falling, get rid of them right away so that melting snow and rain can drain properly. Clogs can be very costly and can cause damage to the inside of your home. Check  your downspouts and make sure water is being carried away from your house.

Safety first

Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your house? When was the last time you checked on these? Do the batteries work? Its a good habit to get into to check your detectors to make sure they are in working order every few months.  Statistics show that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. I know the Today Show did a story on which detectors might not work when you need them. Safety comes first.

Real estate is probably the most valuable asset you own and it can be the gift that keeps on giving if you take care of it. Take some time for your home before the cold weather arrives.

Renée Porsia is a local Philadelphia real estate broker/consultant and published author. Renée Porsia has been helping home buyers and home sellers buy and sell homes for over 13 years in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, The Main Line & New Jersey. If you would like to schedule a home buyer or home seller consultation with Renée Porsia, she can be reached at 215.669.0589 or at her office, RE/MAX Action Realty located in Horsham PA, at 215.358.1100. You can also read more real estate blogs by Renée Porsia at www.reneeporsia.com. If you like what you read, share it with your friends because sharing is caring.

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