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Cold-Weather Maintenance Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

While cold weather seems to be here to stay in Ohio, you still have time to get your home ready before any significant snowfall arrives. Our REALTORS® suggest checking these maintenance tasks off your to-do list for Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale. You'll be glad you did!

  • Clean and repair your gutters. It's true that gutter cleaning isn't fun, but it is very necessary. Getting out all the leaves and debris that can cause back-ups and ice damming is a must. Fix any holes or leaks and any places where the gutters aren't attached correctly or are sagging. All those areas are prime spots for ice and water to accumulate, potentially causing damage to your home.

  • Check your roofing and make any necessary repairs. Look for loose and missing shingles and flashing or any other damage that can allow water to enter your home. Fix any storm damage before it becomes a serious problem. 

  • Check your insulation. It can help you spot any areas where moisture may be getting in from the roof. You'll also want to know if you need to add or replace any insulation before the cold weather hits to keep your home comfortable. 

  • Take care of your outdoor furniture and accessories. Bring furniture and accessories indoors or into the garage or storage area. Apply sealer to anything wood that will stay outdoors exposed to the weather. Cover the grill or anything else that will be staying outside.

  • Trim branches on trees around your home. Winter winds and storms can easily break tree branches, and if those branches are up against your home, there's even more potential for damage. A little prevention here is well worth it.

  • Look at the siding and foundation of your home. While you're outside, look for any areas that may be damaged. Look for gaps or holes and seal them up to help prevent weather damage and pests. Include your garage in this visual inspection too.

  • Do outdoor yard work. Fall yard work isn't just leaf removal. You may have plants or flowers that need to be moved indoors or dug up. Plus, you'll want to trim away any dead areas to allow for new growth next spring. Depending on your yard, fertilizing or overseeding might be on the list too. 

  • Get your fireplace, chimney, and flue professionally inspected. Do this before you light the first fire of the season. Fireplace safety is essential to keep your home safe, warm, and toasty all winter long.

  • Make sure your snow removal equipment is in working order. Even if you only use a shovel, you'll want to make sure you know where it is and that it's in one piece before the snow hits. It's even more important if you use a snowblower or other equipment for snow removal. You'll want to give yourself a little time to complete maintenance and repairs. 

  • Caulk windows and doors. It seems like a small thing, but it can go a long way to preventing weather damage and making your home more comfortable during the winter months.

Haring Realty can help you get your family into the new home you need. Contact us today and find out what we can do for you.

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