When it comes to selling your home, future buyers are going to want to invest in something that they know will be suitable for all four seasons of the year. From the harshest of winter winds, to the beating down of summer’s hot, to mid-day rays, homes in the Blue Mountains need to be able to withstand a broad spectrum of weather. Even more than that though, it needs to happen without being at a huge annual expense to the owner. Houses that let the winter winds howl through unsealed windows, or drafts blow through un-insulated walls create more long-term costs for the owner and ultimately make a house less desirable on the market. Use these methods to weatherproof your home for the winter – for both you and the future owners!
Check the Chimney
It’s that time of year where you stoke the fire all day long to heat the house, or simply put a few logs on the fireplace at night for the picturesque place to warm your feet and sip your tea. And while these are both an enjoyable part of the winter season, it’s not so enjoyable if you end up with a chimney fire. Debris can fall into the chimney during the offseason, or previous use can cause build up along the chimney walls. Before you start using your stove or fireplace for the season, have a certified inspector come and check your chimney and clean it out.
Get on the Program
With your thermostat that is! When you are asleep at night, or at work and away from your home during the day, there is no need to be paying extra on your heating bill to heat your house. Invest in a programmable thermostat and set it up to turn the heat down while you are gone and at night, and to automatically bring the temperature up in the hour before you get home or get out of bed. While you can do it manually, having it happen automatically means you don’t have to worry about forgetting, and receiving a surprise on your bill at the end of the month.
Over time, the insulation around doors and windows can wear down, or even wear completely off, and this leaves small openings around these exits – a direct link to the cold outdoors! You can typically buy new insulation strips to add around the outside of doors and windows and this will prevent drafty winds from blowing through. In addition, it is a good way to prevent moisture from getting into the house from springtime rains or melting winter snow. Any moisture that makes its way in through the cracks has the potential to lead to rotting wood around the door and window frames, or even become a breeding ground for mold.
Fill in the Gaps
Invest in some caulk and foam and fill any gaps or cracks in your walls and foundations. These cracks are the perfect size for cold wind to blow through, leaving your house feeling drafty and making you want to turn up the heat a little more to cut the chill in the air. Save some money on your heating bill by filling in the cracks, and at the same time blocking up holes for potential summer bug infestations.
With your home ready and winterproofed, you may find yourself thinking about selling. Contact Christine to talk about listing your home and find out more reaching success in the Ontario real estate market.