Winter Home Survival Guide

Winter is finally here and snow is not too far away. Check out these tips to make sure your home pulls through the winter in one piece.

Gutter Cleaning

Ideally, your gutters should be cleaned out in the fall to avoid debris overflow. Before the first heavy snow hits it important to clean debris out of your gutters. When the snow melts it needs to go somewhere. A clean gutter allows the melted snow to flow easily. If your gutter is filled with debris, you risk melted snow and water running behind the gutters and leaking into your walls. Water leaking into your walls can lead to mold growth.

Proper Snow removal

Heavy snow can be overwhelming for a roof, especially when it piles on after many snow storms. It is only logical to try and remove some of that burden by getting rid of some of the snow yourself. However, when removing snow off your roof, it has to be done correctly or else you risk damaging your roof or possibly even hurting yourself.

You want to invest in a snow rake for this, they’re available in most hardware stores. When removing snow, take off a few inches at a time[1]. Don’t dive straight into trying to scrape the roof clean in one go. Remove icicles from the edge of the roof and make sure your gutters are clean. Avoid stepping on the roof if you can. If going on the roof can’t be avoided, hire a professional or always have another person with you as you work.

Attic Insulation to prevent Ice Dams

Before the winter hits its peak make sure your attic is properly insulated. You want it to be comfortable but you don’t want your attic getting too warm either. A really warm attic causes snow to melt at high points on your roof and freezing back up as icicles and ice dams. Ice dams can block your gutters and cause water damage to your home. If your attic is getting warm enough to melt snow in freezing temperatures then you’re probably losing heat and money. It’s important to have a professional take a look at your attic if this is the case.

These are just a few of many ways you can make sure your house makes it through the winter in one piece.

For more home improvement tips, check out our other blog posts.

[1] https://www.mass.gov/service-details/roof-collapse-and-snow-removal-safety-information

Getting your home ready for the holidays

The holiday season is upon us! With the holidays come friends and family guests. Hosting guests can sometimes mean decluttering your home and expressing your holiday spirit. There’s so much to do, sometimes it’s easy to forget what else is supposed to be done to make the holidays easier on you. Here are a few things to do to get your home ready & help lift some of the holiday hosting burdens.

  1. Clean up Entrance & Coat Rooms

Hosting the holidays means making room for the extra coats and shoes that will be in your home for guests. To accommodate for that, you should reorganize your front closet for coats and have a stand for shoes. Add an extra coat rack or a cubby for better organization of shoes at the entrance.  Don’t want snow tracked into your house? Have a mat at the door for guests to clean off their shoes.

  1. Reorient the room around the Christmas Tree

If your family celebrates with a tree you can give the living room a more social feel when hosting guests, you can rearrange furniture and place the Christmas tree in a way that gives the room a holiday feel.

  1. Foldable Tables and chairs

More guests than expected at a time? No worries! Utilize folding chairs and tables to add extra seats to the table or make a kids table. You can dress it up with gorgeous table clothes to fit into your holiday home décor.

  1. Clean gutters

If you’re going to be putting holiday lights up outside this season, make sure to clean the gutters first and install a gutter guard. Cleaning the gutters will help add to the clean aesthetic beauty of your home but it also prevents debris from piling up in your gutters and pipes. There’ll be less off a chance of ice dams in your gutters that will freeze up the lights especially if you’re putting lights up on the roof.

These are just a few things you can do to get ready for the holidays. The season should be a fun time with family and friends, so get the stressful stuff out of the way and enjoy the time with family.

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