How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for a Winter Storm
Seeing that a winter storm is on the way is one of the last things that you want to hear when you check the forecast. Storms create traffic jams, cause accidents, and can do damage to your home.
Here are a number of tips for preparing your home for a winter storm:
- Sand and salt the walkways: Being proactive by salting your driveway and walkways will reduce the number of slippery patches and prevent ice from forming.
- Update your winter emergency kit: You never know how severe the impact of a winter storm will be until it happens. Make sure your home emergency kit is up to date and replenish any items that have been used or are missing.
- Prepare your back up generator: If you own a backup generator, make sure that it is working correctly and is ready to go should you need to use it if the power goes out for an extended period of time.
- Secure loose items: Do a walk around your property and secure any loose items such as snow shovels, waste containers, and other items that could potentially damage your home if the wind picks up.
- Tree maintenance: While it is best to do this in the fall, if you notice tree branches that could be an issue during a storm, deal with them now before they do damage to your home during a storm.
- Eliminate other potential threats to your home: Since every home is different, take a few minutes to look for other potential threats during a storm and do your best to eliminate them.
What do you do to prepare your home for a winter storm? Are you proactive or do you deal with the effects of the storm after it’s gone?