Ask the Expert: How Should Homeowners Prepare Their Home for Winter?

Buddy Stark, Director of Operations for HomeTeam Inspection Service

As featured in Real Estate Magazine

Q: What can homeowners do to ensure their home is well prepared and more energy-efficient throughout the coming months?

While winter is fast approaching, HomeTeam Inspection Service—the only national home inspection company to utilize a team of inspectors onsite—offers the following tips for homeowners as they prepare for the colder months ahead.

  • Inspect around windows and doors for cracks, and seal any openings with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent air and water from getting in your home.
  • Have a professional evaluate the amount of insulation in your home to ensure it’s properly insulated and will keep your energy costs down.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Visibly check the fireplace opening for loose or missing bricks and have screens in place to protect from any embers that may escape.
  • Look for raised, loose or missing shingles, which can allow water to get in, and replace if needed.
  • Remove hoses from outside spigots and store for the winter months.
  • Clean debris from gutters to prevent water from collecting and freezing.
  • Make sure all downspouts are pointed away from the foundation.
  • Have the HVAC units inspected and change furnace filters monthly for maximum energy efficiency and cleaner air.
  • Program thermostats to lower temperatures while at work or sleeping.

These simple steps can help homeowners maintain the health of their home over the winter months.