November is here and winter is on its way. Whether you’re a fan of winter or you’d rather enjoy autumn a little longer, another classic Canadian winter is right around the corner and it’s time to get your home ready for it! By preparing your home for winter, you’re helping to keep your family safe, your utility bills lower, and your overall comfort high during the coldest time of the year. Use this safety checklist to ensure your home (inside and out) is ready for winter.
The Exterior Of Your Home
The exterior of your home is what’s going to take the brunt of the winter storms, freezing temperatures, and heavy snowfall, so it’s vital that you take care of it by preparing it the best you can for winter and what may occur December through March. Our exterior home winter safety checklist is simple and quick to accomplish, and it could save your family money and maintenance work in the long run.
Before winter comes, make sure to perform these simple tasks on the exterior of your home:
- Inspect your roof for any loose shingles, call for repair if needed.
- Inspect the weather stripping around your doors and windows to ensure they’re intact. Replace any weatherstripping that is worn or cracked.
- Inspect any interior caulking to ensure you’re not losing your home’s heating (and money) through drafty spaces.
- Inspect, clean, and repair eavestroughs as needed.
The Interior Of Your Home
The interior of your home is where your family will find comfort, safety, and respite from the cold and snow as the winter becomes harsher. In order to have a smooth and comfortable winter ahead, it’s essential that you care for the interior of your home by following these simple tasks from our safety checklist.
Before winter comes, make sure to perform these simple tasks on the interior of your home:
- Protect pipes from freezing and bursting by insulating them in unheated parts of your house.
- Check and replace your smoke alarm batteries.
- Check and replace your carbon monoxide batteries.
- Turn on your furnace and ensure it’s working properly, call for repair or maintenance if needed.
- Ensure that you have a shoe rack/mat that will catch water, salt, and ice from boots.
- Cover any hardwood in your hallway/entrance to protect it from water and salt damage.
- Enact a strict “no shoes” and “no coats” in the home rule to protect furniture and floors.
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Even when a home is perfectly prepared for the winter, there are still accidents and surprises that can happen. If you’re interested in protecting your home and its assets from the winter ahead by ensuring essential home appliances like your furnace, boiler, dishwasher, or dryer, it’s in your best interest to invest in a Smarter Living Plan with ZucoraHome and Hudson’s Bay Financial Services. Our Smarter Home Living Plan will protect your home’s appliances and furniture in the event of damage, malfunction, or the need to be repaired or replaced. Feel safe and comfortable in your home this winter knowing that ZucoraHome has got you covered in the event of damage or malfunction.
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