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February
6

Home Maintenance Tips to Keep Costs Low During the Winter

Home Maintenance Winter Weather

Spring is just around the corner, but winter isn't over yet.  Without proper home maintenance, winter weather can be a real threat to your home and your wallet.  Avoid unnecessary expense and the potential for thousands of dollars in repair costs by following these simple home maintenance tips to help protect your home.

  1. Do an Inspection
    If you are looking at homes for sale in Mansfield or taking care of your established home, inspect the property looking for things like unprotected faucets, loose insulation and damaged gutters. Pay close attention to any place air may leak such as windows and door gaps.

  2. Insulate and Save Money
    Warm air seeping out through cracks, doors and windows and around stove pipes and chimneys can pull cash right out of your pocket. Simple home maintenance with some door felt and window caulking will save you a considerable amount in winter heating costs. Look inside the house for places air may leak out or water get in. Take your time because a little water can become a big headache later on.

  3. Roof, Gutters and Chimneys
    These are some areas that professional help may be needed especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. You should take a look at your roof every fall to find and repair damaged gutters, loose shingles or flashing that would let melting snow or rain get in. The best idea is to have the gutters and roofing inspected by a professional. Many reputable firms will do inspections as a regular service at little cost.

    Check the damper and flue pipes in fireplaces and wood heaters. If it has not been cleaned recently now is a good time to do it. Creosote buildup and organic matter blowing in or put there by animals pose a serious fire risk and keep your stove or fireplace from working efficiently. Again, the cost is minimal for these home maintenance task when balanced against the many thousands of dollars in repair costs created by a fire or leaky roof.

  4. Faucets and Sprinkler Systems
    Bitter cold and exposed sprinkler systems and faucets can mean big problems. Before cold weather arrives put foam covers on exposed faucets and turn off water to sprinkler systems. Drain the lines to keep them from freezing.

You can overcome the perils of winter weather with a little forethought and some home maintenance. Find a your home in the Mansfield real estate area by contacting from our real estate agents at Haring Realty today.

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