When you own a home, there is a rhythm to its upkeep and care dictated by the seasons. Unfortunately, that rhythm is counterintuitive; if it’s hot out, think winter prep; if it’s sunny, think waterproofing and roof issues; if it’s fall, think spring gardens.
2015 gave us an historic winter that was rough on everyone and on our properties. Ice dams, water damage, roof issues, and damaged landscaping, were just a few issues we may have had to deal with. But we are New Englanders and we learn from it and take action against a future repeat. We know that summer fixes can help ward off winter wallops. Now that summer is in full swing, here are a few things that might pertain to your home that are best done in summer to avoid problems when it is colder and harder to access the areas needing help.
Weatherstripping – you don’t want to loose heat (or cold air from your air conditioners either) through cracks and spaces in window sills and doors.
Landscaping issues – transplanting areas that are overgrown, pruning trees and shrubs that can break when laden with snow and ice, even planting for fall gardens. Driveways can be sealed, sidewalk issues fixed and any areas that tend to pond or flood can be corrected.
Buy supplies now for heating – oil, wood, pellets are usually less expensive now than when they are in high demand during winter months.
Roof and chimney issues – easier to access and correct when leaves are not falling, rain isn’t a constant factor and snow and ice are not present. Ice dams created havoc last winter, prepare for them now so as to avoid a repeat.
Heating Systems – now is a good time for boiler inspections, furnace tune ups and cleanings so they are ready to work well when the time comes for their heavy usage.
General fix ups – sagging gutters, tilted shutters, cracked windows, chipping paint, rusting railings, leaning fences, cracking foundations and stairs – with a little maintainence now, you can avoid bigger fixes (and more money) later as they get worse.
Here’s hoping the upcoming winter sets new records for the perfect amount of snow for winter sports but not enough to cause traffic issues or problems with our homes!
Fitts Insurance Agency, Inc.
2 Willow Street, Suite 102
Southborough, MA 01745