With Labor Day right around the corner, and the holidays quickly approaching, have you done your Fall Planning?
Between apple picking, cheering on your favorite football team and pumpkin carving this Autumn, be sure you take the time to prepare your home for the approaching cold weather season!
Winter Preparation Checklist:
[ ] Gutters: Clean out your rain gutters after the leaves have fallen
[ ] Windows: Install storm windows, put winter plastic on inside window or use energy
saver curtains on them to prevent heat from escaping
[ ] Doors: Add weather stripping to doors
[ ] Emergency Kit: Prepare an “emergency” kit in case of power outages from snow
and ice storms with some key items: Food, Important documents, Family photos,
Flashlights and Batteries
[ ] Pipes: Wrap pipes in unheated locations
[ ] Energy Source: clean and prep your furnace, wood stove or back up generator
Once you’ve prepped your home against the winter elements, be sure to take a look at your winter household budget. How does your mortgage fit into your financial budget and goals? With interest rates still at historic lows, now is a great time to see if refinancing or purchasing a new home will be beneficial to you.