Winter is coming, and as the cold may seem daunting for many, prepping YOUR home for it can be simple! Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home, securing that rental, or doing your own home maintenance, follow these simple steps to ensure that you go from zero to hero with winter prep this season:
Inspect Your Roof
As one of the more costly repairs that can occur, making sure your roof is in tip-top shape for the harsh winter seasons in Utah can save you an ample amount of money in the future.
Clear the Gutters
An easy do-it-yourselfer. Grab a ladder, climb on up, and make sure your gutters are all clear of leaves and muck so they can do their job of guiding the flow of water away from your home and foundation. Hint: make sure to do this after the leaves have fallen in not only your own yard but also your neighbors.
Get Water Away From the House
Like the gutters on top, once the water is flowing from your roof to the ground, the last thing you want is for it all to fall right next to your foundation and erode it away. Make sure your gutters divert the water away from your foundation at least 3-5 feet.
Call in an Arborist
The last thing you need this winter is a large gust blowing down a tree in your front yard or knocking down that giant branch that you had no idea has been rotting these past five years. ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborists help maintain the investment in your trees by providing a variety of services that include planting, pruning, and removal to appraisals, expert witness, and emergency tree care.
Mind that Thermostat
It may be time to consider an upgrade. Heating and cooling account for nearly half of your home’s energy costs, and a smart thermostat offers both automation and greater control over your home’s temperature and climate-control that could save you a bundle on your energy.