Prepare Your Beach House For Winter

After a summer of sun, sand, and salt water, it's time to head into the chilly winter months. Winter brings low temperatures, wind, and wet weather, so you want to make sure your home is prepared so it will be ready for summer 2017. We've compiled a list of some of the best tips to make sure your home is ready which take limited time but will have the biggest benefit. Whether you have a single family home, condo, or town house, you will be ready for what winter has in store. 

1) Give Your Heating System a Check Up

Don't get caught at the end of a long list of people waiting for furnace repairs. Stay ahead of the game by having your furnace or heat pump inspected, and take care of any necessary repairs now. Inspections are fairly inexpensive, especially when compared to a hefty repair bill during a cold blast. If you won't be in your home this winter, you don't want to risk having your heat fail mid-winter with no one there to check on it. Need a recommendation for a good contractor? Shoot us a message and we'd be happy to refer some excellent options. 

2) Check the Roof

The last thing you want when you start your summer vacation is to find water damage from a winter's worth of roof leakage. Take the time now to check your roof for any weak spots or areas in need of repair. Hire a handyman to replace a few shingles, or a roofer is you need a larger area repaired. Make sure the leaves are cleared from the roof to prevent unnecessary erosion of the roof, and have it cleaned if you have moss growing. A strong roof is one of the surest ways to preserve your home and be sure it is ready for future enjoyment. 

3) Caulk Windows and Doors

Keep energy bills down by preventing drafts in your home. Silicone caulk is a great option for exterior use. If you aren't sure what your home needs, hire a handy man to inspect the caulking and be sure your home is ready for the elements. Need a recommendation for a handyman too? We'd be happy to send you some options. 

4) Clear the Gutters

Make sure the gutters are free and clear of any debris to prevent backing up and causing damage to the roof, siding, and trim. Make sure gutters are in working order, and replace any missing pieces.

5) Shut Off Exterior Faucets

This includes hose bibs, outdoor showers, dock rinse stations, etc. Any undrained water left in the faucet can freeze and cause the pipes to expand, so turn off the faucets from the interior shut off valve and make sure they are drained. Not sure how to do this? A local contractor or handyman can help.

6) Mulch Leaves Instead of Raking

Instead of raking leaves into a pile and disposing of them, mulch them with your lawn mower. This provides your lawn with much needed nutrients, leaving your with a great looking lawn next year. 

7) Call the Chimney Sweep

Fireplaces are great in the winter, even at the beach. Before snuggling up by the warmth, be sure to have your chimney cleaned and inspected to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide build up. Contact the chimney sweep early to make sure you don't end up on a long waiting list and miss out of using your fireplace throughout half the winter. 

8) Call an Arborist

The last thing you want to here is that a tree fell on your house. Make sure trees surrounding your property are trimmed up and dead trees and branches are removed to prevent any damage in a storm. 

9) Set the Perfect Temperature

Setting the thermostat at 50-55 degrees will help prevent pipes from freezing and keep the interior of your home from experiencing drastic changes in temperature throughout the winter. Thinking about selling? You will want to set it higher to make sure your buyers are comfortable when viewing your home. You don't want them to rush out in search of heat. 

10) Ramp Up the Insulation

Insulation is still one of the best ways to keep energy usage low and to save money. Make sure your attic floor is well covered, and adding more insulation within walls is always a great option. The goverment offers incentives to homes with high efficiency insulation, so talk to your financial advisor about options to help you save even more money.

These are some great ways to make sure your summer home is ready for the long winter and make sure you can enjoy it to the fullest come spring and summer. If you'd like any further recommendations, don't hesitate to message us.