Seasons play an important role in getting a house ready for market. If you have an older home, winterizing early is all the more important because chances are your home lacks insulation at all fronts. Here are some tips from a Paul Denikin, on sealing up any drafts you may have and staying warm for the winter months to come.
Revamp your Windows
It’s easier for cold air to come in if you have single pane windows, so consider either replacing them or installing storm windows to add an extra layer of protection. At the very least, you’ll want to add caulking or install new screens.
You can also get thick window curtains that will provide another layer of insulation, but you should keep them open and let the sun in during the day to heat the house naturally.
Blowing insulation into your attic can make a huge difference in warming your home. It’s also key to make sure your pipes are insulated as well so they don’t freeze and burst, causing insurmountable water damage.
Reverse your Fans
Turning the switch on most ceiling fans so that the blades run in reverse is an easy hack to keep you warmer for less. According to Popular Mechanics, Air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space—cutting your heating costs as much as 10 percent!”
Use the Fireplace
The beauty of an older home often lies in the charming stone or brick fireplaces they feature. However, before you light yours up, you should get it swept and inspected by a professional as it could be a potential fire hazard.
Remove Window Units
If you use an air conditioner unit in your window during the summer, now is the time to remove it as it will let a lot of warm air out and cold air in. If removing it isn’t an option, wrap it in insulation to winterize it.
Be cautious of where your furniture is located. If it’s covering up a vent, chances are the heat is being trapped and not able to make it throughout your house. Cover up any bare floor boards as this will help keep your feet warm throughout the winter. Also keep any rooms you’re not using closed off so the heat stays in one central area. According to BBC, it’s a myth that keeping your heat on all day is the way to go. Instead, you should set a timer and reap the benefits only while you’re home.
Staying on top of these home maintenance tips will allow for home buyers get a warm, fresh, and authentic feel of their future home.