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How to Prep Your Home for Colder Weather

Winter is coming—and boy are we ready for the cooler temperatures, cozy clothes, and, of course, the holidays! After this year, we all need something to bring a little joy into our everyday lives. While winter comes with pretty lights, decorations, and gathering around the fireplace, it can also come with a higher energy bill and weather that can damage your home. Here are some tips on how to prep your home for the colder weather ahead!

Prepping Your Home Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful!

When homeowners think of prepping their home for winter, the first thing that comes to their mind is cha-ching… there goes your hard-earned savings for the holidays. But it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money to prepare for colder weather. If you remain diligent about keeping your property up-to-date with repairs and simple strategies, it can save you cash in the long run!

Looking for some easy tips to get started? Read below on how to keep your home cozy during the cooler weather!

Quick tips to prep for colder temperatures!

A woman enjoys the snowy weather.

Begin by making sure windows are insulated so there is not an extra draft in the house. You can also check that your gutters and downspouts are clean, in addition to trimming any dead tree branches away from your windows. You may also want to ensure that any entrances into your home are sealed off to stop any critters from coming in to escape the cold.

Insulate windows

Icicles rest on a winter during a snowstorm.

It’s also important to insulate windows, which can help to keep heating costs low. Even the smallest crack can create a draft, and that can drastically increase your heating bill throughout winter. Check to make sure windows are insulated by searching each one for any holes or cracks that would allow air to pass through.

Clean out gutters and downspouts

Dead leaves in the gutter that need to be cleaned out.

Fall is beautiful, and one of the best parts about the season is the colorful leaves. In North Carolina, we are extremely blessed to have such stunning autumns. However, all of those falling leaves may clutter your gutters and downspouts, which can cause problems if not cleaned regularly. 

Fall debris can deteriorate the exterior of your home and even cause damage to your foundation without proper maintenance. Be sure to keep an eye on your gutters and give them a good cleaning before they get full.

Trim tree branches

A dead tree branch ready to be trimmed during the cooler months.

The next step you may want to take in preparing your home for colder weather is trimming away tree branches from your windows. You should trim away branches from any part of your property where they could cause damage in a winter storm. While blizzards may not be as common in Forsyth County as they are up north, it is not uncommon for us to receive snow and ice that can cause serious damage to homes.

Want to Make a Move Into a New Home? Contact Us Today!

North Carolina is one of the few states that gets the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons, which is a big reason why many people yearn to live here. If you’ve fallen in love with the beauty of Forsyth County or are looking to relocate into a newer home to save on energy bills before winter, contact Forsyth Realty today. We can surely find a home that will suit all of your needs!

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