Dorrinda O’Keefe-Shea - CENTURY 21 Toomey-Lovett, Inc Centurian 2012 Top Producer Diamond Award

It's vitally important that you prepare yourself appropriately for the freezing temperatures that winter brings with it, and getting your home ready for this season cannot be understated. Here are a few things that you need to put in place to get your home prepared for the winter season.

  1. Increase your lighting - While natural light is abundant during summer, it's normal to experience indoor gloom during the shorter hours of daylight in the winter months. So, you will need to get additional sources of lighting in your home to tide you through this season. An overhead light will most likely not be enough, so it won't be a bad idea to invest in some secondary light options that can fit in with your décor.
  2. Store up a lot of blankets - While you could afford to be loosely clothed in the summer months, winter requires you to layer up your entire home. If you have got blankets in storage, then they have to come out, and if you need to get some new ones, take a trip to your neighborhood marketplace today. Your best options for winter blankets are heavy 100% cotton or wool blankets or down (or down-alternative) comforters.
  3. Inspect your furnace, boiler, and chimney beforehand. - You don't want to find out that your heating doesn't work when winter rolls around in its fullness. Now is the time to sign a contract with a heating company and get them to supply you with enough oil or propane to see you through this season. Your chimney also needs to be cleaned out thoroughly. It is advisable that you get a chimney sweep every year, and this might be an excellent opportunity to get it done.
  4. Make sure your home is properly insulated - You might need to pay attention to cracks and broken joints around your house as they can serve as outlets for heat escape in the winter. Broken and cracked windows should also be fixed promptly and caulked where appropriately so that the entire home is more energy efficient. Thick, high-quality window drapes can also add some extra protection against cold air coming in.
  5. Consider investing in a backup generator. - It’s not unheard for storms to cause a power failure in the winter season, some of which might last for as long as a week. Having a backup generator might turn out to be a lifesaver for you and your family.

Are you thinking of getting a generator? Do well to consider its proper placement because of the noise it can create for your neighbors.