How to Protect Your Home This Winter

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Now is the time for Greenville-area homeowners to protect their homes from potential winter damage. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your risk and enjoy a more comfortable winter!

Schedule a Fireplace Inspection/Cleaning

If your home has a fireplace, make sure to schedule that annual inspection and cleaning. Otherwise, creosote and other flammable build-up can become a fire hazard for your home.

Have Your Furnace Tuned Up

While temperatures typically don’t dip too low in the area, you’ll still need to turn on your furnace throughout winter to keep your home cozy. Schedule an annual tune-up to make sure your furnace is in safe working order and running efficiently.

Check for (And Repair) Small Water Leaks

Cooler weather can cause plumbing pipes to contract, which can make them more prone to leaks and other damage. Don’t ignore small leaks or signs of leaks (such as an inexplicably high water bill); the sooner you repair plumbing problems, the less likely they’ll turn into major and costly issues later on.

Inspect Your Roofing and Gutters

Now is also a good time to schedule an annual roofing and gutter inspection. Also, clean your gutters of any debris that may have accumulated during the months of fall to ensure proper function and avoid water damage to your home this winter.

Take Steps to Avoid Drafty Windows and Doors

Caulk and weather-strip around drafty windows and doors to keep your home warmer and avoid an increase in heating bills.

Consider Installing New Insulation

If your home’s insulation is older, it may not be doing the best job of protecting you from cold temperatures. Consider upgrading it or adding it to previously non-insulated areas, such as attic or garage spaces.

Replace Batteries on Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detectors

Furnace malfunctions can produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide, so make sure your carbon monoxide (and smoke) detectors have fresh batteries this time of year.

Look Into Purchasing a Home Warranty

If you don’t already have a home warranty, consider purchasing one to protect yourself from costly HVAC, roofing, and other potential repairs.

Don’t Ignore Outdoor Landscaping

High winds during winter months can put your home at risk of fallen tree branches and limbs; take time to prune back and trim overgrown trees on your property.

Revisit Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy

Make sure you’re protected in the event of a disaster by revisiting your home insurance policy and specific coverage.

If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Greenville area, contact us. Our team of experienced real estate agents know what to look out for when touring homes to ensure your investment is a smart one, and we will work diligently to help you find the home of your dreams. In addition to providing residential real estate services, we also develop single- and multi-family homes in Downtown Greenville. Learn more by scheduling an appointment with us today!

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