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Get Ready for the Snow Storm: Essential Home Preparation Tips

Charles King

Charlie's real estate career began in 2012 as a rental agent in Boston. After one year of working in the business, Charlie jumped into sales...

Charlie's real estate career began in 2012 as a rental agent in Boston. After one year of working in the business, Charlie jumped into sales...

Feb 12 3 minutes read

As the forecast predicts a significant snowstorm headed our way, it's crucial to ensure your home is ready to withstand the cold and snow. Here are some essential tips to prepare your home for the upcoming snowstorm:

  1. Insulate Windows and Doors: Check for drafts around windows and doors. Use weather stripping or caulking to seal any leaks, keeping the warm air in and the cold air out.

  2. Prepare an Emergency Kit: Gather essentials such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and first-aid supplies. Don’t forget to include necessary medications.

  3. Protect Your Pipes: To prevent freezing and bursting, insulate your pipes, especially those in unheated areas. Let faucets drip slightly to keep water flowing and avoid freezing.

  4. Clear Gutters and Downspouts: Ensure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris to prevent ice damming, which can cause water to back up and damage your roof and home.

  5. Inspect Your Heating System: Have your furnace or heating system checked by a professional to ensure it's in good working order. Replace any filters to improve efficiency and warmth distribution.

  6. Emergency Heating Options: In case of a power outage, have alternative heating options ready, such as a fireplace, wood stove, or portable heaters. Remember to use them safely and keep combustibles away.

  7. Roof and Tree Inspection: Check your roof for any signs of weakness or damage that could be exacerbated by heavy snow. Trim any tree branches that could fall on your house under the weight of snow.

  8. Stock Up on Supplies: Ensure you have enough heating fuel, whether it's propane, wood, or oil. Also, have a good supply of ice melt and sand for walkways and driveways.

  9. Prepare for Power Outages: Charge your electronic devices, and consider investing in a portable charger or generator for extended outages. Know where your manual garage door release is located.

  10. Stay Informed: Keep track of the storm's progress through reliable news sources and follow any guidance or instructions from local authorities.

Taking these steps can help minimize the impact of the snowstorm on your home and ensure the safety and comfort of your family. Stay warm and safe!

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