We hate to say it, but winter IS coming (unless you love winter – then yay!). For homeowners in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Meaford, Grey County and the Georgian Triangle, there are a few things to do around your home to prepare for the upcoming season. Here are five helpful tips for getting your home ready for Old Man Winter.
Check your furnace
According to the predictions of weather experts and the trusty Farmer’s Almanac, this winter is going to be a downright chilly one. In fact, it’s predicted to be one of the coldest we’ve experienced in a long time. To prepare, make a furnace checkup your first priority, particularly if your furnace is older. Nothing is worse than a broken furnace in the middle of a freezing cold winter evening.
Make sure you are heating efficiently
The next step when it comes to keeping your household toasty and warm is making sure that you are heating it as efficiently as possible. We all know how expensive heating a home can be, so it makes good sense to see whether there are opportunities to add a few upgrades that will help to keep more heat in, use less energy and, ultimately, save you money on your winter heating costs.
One of the easiest ways to make sure you are heating your home efficiently is to check for any leaks around your windows and doors. If you do find any, patch them up either with caulking or weather stripping to stop heat loss from happening. Seal up drafty doors, and don’t forget you can purchase ‘insulating’ curtains that can help keep the warmth in, and the cold out.
Clean your chimney and get it inspected
Nothing beats relaxing by a roaring fire after a day spent snowshoeing or swooshing down the ski hills. Before you stoke that fire, however, it’s important to clean your chimney and make sure that your wood burning stove or fireplace is safe to use for another year. There are many companies that offer chimney cleaning and inspections in our area. Once your chimney has been given the green light, you can rest easy knowing that your fireplace is safe to use.
Create an emergency kit
Winter can certainly bring us some wild weather, especially in our region. As such, it’s important to adopt the Boy Scout motto and always ‘be prepared’. Get ready for whatever winter brings by creating and stocking an emergency kit in your home. The Government of Canada recommends that Canadians have access to an emergency kit that will provide for their needs for at least 72 hours, and should include things like bottled water, canned, non-perishable food items, matches, candles, first aid kit, and other essential items. For a full rundown of what your kit should include, click here.
It’s also a good idea to build an emergency kit for your car. Your travel emergency kit should include things like blankets, a flare, food and other items that will help keep you safe in case something were to happen on the road.
Prepare for a winter open house the right way
For those selling their home this winter, there are also ways to prepare it so that you really ‘wow’ potential buyers during your open house. Our previous blog discussed quite a few ideas for making your winter open house awesome, such as adding seasonal fragrances and ensuring that walkways and driveways are fully cleared. For more ways to get ready for an open house in the winter, check out ‘Cozy It Up – Five Tips For A Winning Winter Open House’.
Not only can we help you get ready for winter with these tips, the experienced Realtors® at Clairwood Real Estate are experts at getting home buyers and sellers in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain, Meaford, Grey County or the Georgian Triangle exactly what they are looking for. Connect with us today at 705-445-7085.