Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How to Prep Your North Shore Home for Winter Right Now

While we haven't even made it to Halloween yet, we've seen temperatures dropping rapidly and here on Chicago's North Shore, certain forecasts have even called for flurries as early as next week. Even if you're not fully ready to accept that winter is just around the corner, there are a few quick and easy steps you can take to ensure your home is when the time comes.

Below are top tips for preparing your home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook and the surrounding areas:

Clean out the gutters
The last thing you want to do when temperatures really take a dive is climb up on the roof and empty the gutters, so cross that off of your list now! You want to have clean gutters, free from leaves and debris, to allow for water to flow away from your home and avoid water damage.

Have the HVAC inspected
If you've already turned up the heat, don't worry, it isn't too late to have your HVAC system inspected! A technician will check that all parts are in working order so you don't have to worry about a break down during the frigid North Shore winter months and if you haven't already, replace the furnace filter.

Seal gaps and cracks
Have you found any cracks in windows or gaps around doorways? Now is the time to seal them! In order to keep your energy bill down and the warm air inside your Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, or Northbrook home, there should be no where for cold air to enter! Feel questionable areas with your hand, noticing any drafts, and seal them with a bead of caulk.

Clean the chimney
If you plan to use your fireplace this winter, it wouldn't hurt to have it professionally cleaned. Not only does this allow for proper ventilation and ridding the chimney of any animals that have taken up residence there, but it lessens your risk of a fire from creosote build-up.

Protect your pipes
To keep pipes from freezing this winter, you will need to insulate any exposed piping that may be in an attic, crawlspace or on the exterior of your North Shore home. Foam insulation works best for protecting pipes and if you haven't already, remember to disconnect your garden hoses, drain, and store them properly.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about buying or selling a home on Chicago's North Shore yet this year! I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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