Winterization Tips to Prepare Your Home for More Than the Holidays
For many people, this is the most wonderful time of the year! With the holidays right around the corner, we’re starting to make our “to-do” lists. But before you buy the turkey or start chipping away at your gift list, you may need to address an area that’s frequently overlooked during the seasonal hustle and bustle: home winterization. It may not be top-of-mind as you scramble to keep up with your holiday schedule, but it certainly should be.
Winterize for the holidays — home or not
Whether you are traveling or staying home for the holidays, now is a good time to take some routine steps to winterize your home and make it safe for you and your family. At first glance, a winterization list can be rather daunting, but most of these home maintenance projects are standard, easy, and affordable.
- Clean the gutters. This allows melting snow to drain properly.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries and test to make sure these are working.
- Check and clean your fireplace. Animal nests or creosote buildup can be hazardous. Hire a chimney sweep for annual cleaning.
- Perform furnace maintenance. Have your furnace inspected and ducts cleaned. To help your furnace function more efficiently, replace filters at least every three months.
- Winterize water pipes. Make sure pipes are properly insulated to prevent them from bursting.
- Block the cold. Inspect doors and windows for air leaks. Use caulking, foam insulation, or insulated curtains. Make sure attics and crawl spaces are properly insulated as well.
- Inspect the roof. Look for damaged or missing shingles, clear debris, cut back overhanging branches, and install snow guards.
For those who are traveling during the holidays, the risk of undetected losses is much greater.
According to Chubb Research:
One in five homeowners views internal water damage as the top risk to their home while they are away.
Only 22 percent of homeowners shut off their water main when away.
For more information visit our Personal Risk page or contact:
Senior Private Client Advisor, CPRIA, CISR Elite
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