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.