Prep for Winter

Winter Home

Colorado’s winters are not for the faint of heart. One moment you may be enjoying the sunshine on your patio and the next your home is coated in a foot of snow. This year, Colorado has experienced earlier snow days and colder temperatures than usual. As homeowners, we are not always as prepared as we should be for these unannounced cold temps. So, what can you do to make sure you’re prepared to handle the elements?

Give your home the attention it needs

It’s easy to let some of the key maintenance items in your home fall by the wayside. However, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared prior to peak conditions. Whether this is fixing that draft that has been bugging you or making sure your appliances have been maintained, sooner rather than later is important. 

Have a plan ahead of time

When temperatures change quickly, it can be hard to know what to expect. Instead, create a plan and strategy for what do to when something goes wrong or the weather comes in quickly. Having supplies in your home, extra food, water, light, and heat sources may come in handy. Having this peace of mind will help you handle any inconveniences with ease. 

Insulation is key

We have to give a lot of credit to the insulation in our homes that help to keep us warm and comfortable. It’s important to check your drafts, replace old insulation, and seal any openings. From roofs, to attics, to windows, be sure to inspect all of the relevant locations. Check out our blog on tips for home insulation here

Keep your home clean and tidy 

Wet winter weather creates slippery surfaces and the potential for accidents. Focus on clearing snow away early, sweeping up wet leaves, and making sure driveways and walkways are clear. Make sure to keep your home tidy and any hazards out of the way, even inside!

Check-in on your neighbors

Even though we correlate the winter with bundling up inside, don’t be a stranger to the people around you. We can all do our part by checking in on friends nearby, especially those who may be elderly or live alone. Even if you don’t have resources, communication and kindness can go a long way. 

We welcome winter with open arms in Colorado because it means lots of water and lots of great runs on the slopes! However, it’s important to not downplay the power of Mother Nature. We hope these tips will help you when the next winter storm rolls into town. 

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