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4 ways to prepare your home for a snowstorm

November 5, 2014

The first snow of the season will be here before you know it. Now is the time to get your home ready so you stay safe and warm all winter. Here are four ways to prepare your house for a snowstorm. 

1. Put together an emergency kit
You'll want to prepare in case the power goes out. It's much worse in the winter because it's freezing outside when the heat kicks off. It can also be hard to trek to the store to get groceries when the roads are slippery.

The American Red Cross suggested the following items to include in a safety kit:

  • A  three-day supply of food and water
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Money and an extra cell phone
  • Warm clothing and blankets.

Pack these items and any other essentials - medications, etc. - into a storage container and use them only for an emergency. On several occasions, like Nemo, snow has isolated people in their homes without power for weeks on end. If an emergency arises this winter, you'll be ready. 

2. Seal up the windows
In addition to emergency situations, you'll need to prep your home for the long haul this winter. Seek out and destroy any little crevice that lets cold air into your house because it's not only uncomfortable and dangerous, but it's expensive. 

Seal up your windows with caulk. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this task should take no longer than two hours and cost you no more than $30. Prioritize this project by tackling the bigger holes first. In general, you'll probably need about a half-cartridge per window and four if you're trying to seal the foundation sill, explained the source.

Don't forget that heavy thermal curtains can also keep the heat inside when it's cold out. Buying new ones is only a small price when compared to an increase in your heating bill. 

3. Gutter duty
Remember, snow is essentially rain, which means your house is prone to flooding during the winter months. Get your gutters cleaned before winter because otherwise they can clog and cause water damage to your home, according to Red Beacon. It can weaken a house's foundation and walls. 

4. Bring summer decor inside
Don't forget to take any pieces of furniture or decor that are intended for the summertime indoors. To get your pieces ready for a long winter of storage, remove any stains and wash them thoroughly. As Clean Organized Family Home pointed out, it'll be more difficult to get them clean months down the road.

Get a head start on these tasks so you're not in a bind come the first snowfall. 

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.