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How to Winterize your Home in Queens NY

by George Herrera, Listing Specialist & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

Winter is not the most a popular time to do home maintenance, however, there are certain things you definitely need to do in order to winterize your home for the cold weather. If you’re anything like us, it can be a little overwhelming just thinking about all these seasonal projects that you have to keep up with in order to help maintain your Queens property value. The good news is that a lot of these common Winter home maintenance tasks can be done on your own. Here are some projects you can tackle in the Winter months and some steps on how to winterize your home here in Queens. Whether you’re looking to list your house for sale or just looking to keep the value up, these are good, responsible steps to take…

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Winter Home Maintenance: Roof

I don’t think I have to stress the importance of a secure roof over your head, but roofing issues can be very complicated and expensive to fix if you let them drag on too long. So, if you just walk around your house or take a look at the roof you can spot obvious problems and have them repaired before the cold weather prohibits it. This is very important to winterize your home so if you do find an issue, you should have your roof inspected by a professional as soon as possible. You can find a full list of our preferred Queens roofing professionals by downloading our exclusive Queens home maintenance app: www.homekeepr.com/pros/join/queenshometeam

Windows & Doors

It’s always a good idea to find out how much air drafts through your doors & windows before it gets too cold because if you don’t, it can easily hike up your heating bills. If you really want to winterize your home, this is another important step in the process. You can seal leaky windows with spray foam, caulk, or weather stripping. A cool tip we learned to find out if your weather stripping is working is to close your door and then guide a lit candle along the stripping. If the flame flickers, then you know you have an air leak in that area and you can treat it accordingly.

Gutters & Downspouts

Your gutters are the drainage system for your house and they account for thousands of gallons of water being diverted from your property’s exterior to and foundation. A bunch of debris in your gutters can easily lead to water to your basement. Your best bet is to clean your gutters & downspouts, and then look into a mesh mesh guard to keep future debris out.

Driveways & Walkways

Repair cracks more than one-eight of an inch wide. Walk your walkways and driveway inspecting fir asphalt decay, loose railings, and rotting and crumbling surfaces which can become dangerous tripping hazards.

Clear spaces around heaters, boilers, and other heating appliances. You also want to cover porch furniture and barbecue grills.

Walls and Attics

The majority of heat that escapes from a home is through the roof so proper insulation of at least 6 inches is vital to making sure you winterize your home effectively.

Water Meters & Pipes

Pipes and Meters can freeze if they’re in unheated areas, or if the heat is off in the home. So, make sure that there is proper insulation in those areas, turn off water to outside faucets, remove hoses, and drain the pipes.

Heating Equipment

Make sure your heating equipment is working properly before the winter hits. If you have a fireplace, you should keep an ample supply of wood as well. Try to get yourself a portable heater too and keep a fire extinguisher on hand in the event that you need it.

Chimneys

If you have a chimney in your house, make sure you have it checked before the winter hits. You should also have it checked to make sure that there aren’t any blockages.

We’ll, that’s all we have… What’s on your Queens winter clean up list? Share your tips in the comments below… Thanks for reading!

 

Site and blog courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera, local Queens Realtors with the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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