1. HVAC systems should be checked and possibly cleaned if needed. Dust and debris collects as the systems pull air in from outside and also as they circulate interior dust.
2. Check for pipe leaks and perhaps have a video plumbing inspaction once a year or once every other year to prevent soil being weakened due to water.
3. Wrapping exterior pipes prevents breaks in pipes when temperatures drop. Also, leave water dripping softly when temperatures are below freezing to prevent pipes from busting with ice.
4. Get a good deep clean of your windows, walls and dusting furniture and also under and behind furniture.
5. Check locks for proper function. Tighten screws and replace parts if needed.
6. Chimneys can clog up throughout the year, so before you light up that holiday fire, have it inspected and cleaned if necessary.
7. Clean out leaves and debris from the year to prevent breakage, clogs and overflow.
8. A quick change to the lighting in your home is the cheapest way to change and refresh the energy. Use different color bulbs or maybe add holiday lights inside the home as well. Perhaps you can change out lamps as well.
9. Keep your plants safe by bringing them inside and for rooted plants, cover their roots to block out the cold and moisture. Trim any trees or bushes so the new growth of Spring will have an easier time growing.
10. Windows and doors can leak warm air and run up your heating bills. Make sure the windows and doors are properly sealed. If not, this is a simple and cheap repair.
Jessica Bordelon, Agent,