Are you taking proper care of your home this winter? Today, I’ve got six tips to keep your home in good shape during this time of year.

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Maintenance and security are important parts of homeownership all year round, but today I’d like to focus on six tips that can help you maintain your home during the cold winter months.

1. Protect your pipes. Place a plastic or styrofoam hose bib cover on each faucet outside of your home. Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit pose the most risk for bursting pipes. As for the pipes inside your home, leave the cabinet doors beneath your sinks open to allow proper air circulation.

2. Maintain your oven. An improper seal around your oven can create an energy loss of approximately 20%. This also creates longer cooking times.

3. Check your insulation. When you buy a home that was built years ago, keep in mind that codes might have been different at the time of construction. Updating your home’s insulation could keep your house warmer and help you save on energy costs.

During and after the holiday season, your home is particularly vulnerable to theft.

4. Be cautious of fire hazards. About $13 million is spent every year on fire rehabilitation after the holidays in the United States. Once the holidays are over, make sure you properly dispose of your Christmas tree.

5. Clear your roof of snow and ice. Doing this will prevent ice dams. Ice dams prevent water from running properly through your gutter. This can lead to some very expensive issues down the line.

6. Make sure your home is secure. During and after the holiday season, your home is particularly vulnerable to theft. Since packages are often stolen from porches and out of front doors, make sure you are taking steps to protect your home. Whether you have your packages sent directly to the post office or have a neighbor watch your home, it’s important to take steps against this kind of theft. You may also want to make use of a motion-activated camera for your front door.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.