Does the idea of winterizing a house make you anxiously visualize an endless to-do list brimming with back-breaking chores and projects?

Or maybe instead, you’re not quite familiar with the concept of winterizing at all and are looking for guidance to help you get started.

In either case, we have some good news: winter-proofing a house doesn’t take very long, and most winterization tasks can be completed without spending a dime.

today we’ll be sharing some of our most practical tips for preparing a home for the cold winter weather, and best of all, you can complete all of these tasks within a single weekend!

 

6 Steps to Winter-Proof Your Investment Property

 

1. Clean The Gutters 

If there’s ever a time to clear out the gutters, it’s before the cold winter weather hits.  The last thing anybody needs to be doing in freezing temperatures is getting up on a ladder to tackle this task.

In fact, gutters and downspouts should ideally be cleared on a regular basis to allow for proper drainage— and what could possibly serve as a better reminder to clear out the gutters than the start of the winter?

2. Inspect Your Attic/ Roof for Proper Insulation and Ventilation

Aside from reducing your heating costs, proper insulation and ventilation are crucial for preventing ice dams during cold weather.

An ice dam is caused when warm air escapes from your property via the attic, making its way to the roof, where it can melt snow or ice, which then re-freezes and traps water and moisture on the roof.  As you might have guessed, ice dams can quickly create incredible damage, including roof leaks.  

Fortunately, however, ice dams are completely avoidable, so be sure to inspect your property to prevent damage this winter.

3. Blow Out The Sprinkler System

Imagine how frustrating it would be to have to dig up your in-ground sprinklers and replace a damaged line.  Luckily, the chances of that happening are much lower when you plan ahead for cold weather and blow out the remaining moisture within the system.  

Remember, your sprinkler line is not much different from the pipes in your house, in that both have the potential to freeze and burst when the temperature drops below 32°F.

Using your air compressor, you can quickly blow out the sprinkler line to remove all leftover water and ensure the system remains intact through the season.

4. Seal Off Windows And Doors 

If you’re noticing cold air entering the home around closed windows and doors, re-caulking is a fast, cheap way to eliminate drafts and keep heating costs down.

5. Fall Cleanup (Remove Fallen Leaves/ Debris To Prepare The Lawn For Spring) 

Did you know that it takes between 6 and 12 months for leaves to break down into compost?

That means skipping fall cleanup won’t do you any favors come springtime; after the snow melts, your yard will still be covered in debris if you don’t take care of it now.

Save yourself the trouble (and the eyesore) ahead of time, and clear away any fallen leaves, twigs, acorns, and other debris while the weather’s still mild.  

This way, your yard will be in much better shape when the weather warms up again.

6. Clean & Close The Pool

Make sure to skim away any floating debris and treat the pool water so it’s nice and clear before you clear the lines and cover the pool for the season.  Just like with your lawn, the more thoroughly you clean your pool before winter, the less work you’ll have to do in the spring.

Not to mention, properly closing the pool prevents costly damage from occurring in the winter; since you’ve already invested in installing (and maintaining) a pool, this step is an absolute must!

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