Safeguarding Your House From Cold Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Need to Know

Protecting Your New Home for WinterBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

The summer time is a favorite season for moving to a new home in Little Rock. For beginner homeowners, it's a period that is packed with excitement and eagerness as you get to begin a fresh quest with your loved ones while getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year when you have to start thinking about how you can protect your residence from the harsh elements of impending frigid weather which lies ahead as the seasons change. If you are new to the world of homeownership, here are some ideas to make certain your property is winter weather prepared this season:

Install Faucet Covers

Fixing ruptured water lines and faucets is often an expensive issue, especially for new homeowners who've spent a great deal of money to move to Little Rock into their new house in the first place. Before freezing weather sets in, be sure you install insulated faucet covers on all the faucets on the exterior of your house. This is also a great time to examine any uncovered piping around your house and wrap it up as necessary.

Clean the Gutters

Ideally, you should have rain gutters with built in covers or screens to keep leaves as well as crud from entering the drainage reservoirs to begin with, but if not, then you should try to clear them out before the cold weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight when they are not draining correctly, and this can result in the rain gutters falling off your home.

Clear the Walkways

Vegetation and other yard debris gets slimy if it begins to decompose and decay in bad weather as well as wintry conditions, and this can result in slip and fall risks. Use a proactive strategy to protect your loved ones and friends from an accident and blow the debris away prior to when winter weather begins.

Seal Windows and Doors

Drafts squander valuable energy and may result in more expensive heating bills when freezing weather begins. Examine each door and window in your home and figure out if you can feel a breeze coming through. Foam strips are a quick and economical way to seal up the drafts in doors and windows. They are available in a number of various thicknesses and sizes, and have adhesive backs, so they will adhere to virtually any surface. In the future, you can think about purchasing storm or replacement windows and doors that should do a better job protecting your home all seasons of the year.

Fireplace Assessment and Cleaning

Chimney fires are a dangerous issue that can be prevented with some attention before Mother Nature flips down the temperature. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests tend to be the most frequent factors behind chimney fires and could be cleaned out easily by a qualified chimney sweep, who'll utilize specialized instruments and brushes to clean out soot and creosote build up.

Furnace Maintenance

Now is the best time to take a look at the furnace, replace the air filters, and ensure the machine is functioning as it should. Your furnace should automatically recognize if the temperature declines at your residence and turn on appropriately. Once you have verified that your furnace is working correctly, go around the house and examine each individual heater vent to make certain they are simply open and clear of obstacles.

Safeguard Deck Furniture and Grills

Extreme winter weather elements may cause your backyard grill and deck furniture to rust and decay. In advance of when winter sets in, invest in a grill cover and outdoor furniture covers. Clean your stuff, let it dry totally, and afterwards safely cover it for the wintertime. Chair covers, cushions, and pillows ought to be kept in the car port until warm temperatures show themselves once more in the springtime.

Plan ahead and safeguard your home and outdoor gear from the severe elements of winter. By ensuring your property is winterized during the fall season, you'll save time and money while not having to carry the strain of costly home repairs.

We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the labor and equipment on hand to enable you to move into your new house, and will offer you tips and advice on how to best safeguard your new investment when you are all moved in.

Contact us now so we can aid with all your residential move to Little Rock!