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How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

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How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

There’s nothing as cold and unforgiving as a Canadian winter! As the weather starts to cool down, you may be starting to think about how you can ready yourself for the bone-chilling season that's fast approaching. Whether you live in a house in the woods or in a city apartment, here are some of the essential tasks required to prepare your home for winter.

Seal Any Drafts

If you live in an older place, there may be many leaky areas in the woodwork that let in freezing air during the winter. With the fluctuating temperatures over the seasons, varying levels of heat make wood expand and contract, potentially worsening any holes and gaps. Grab some caulk from the hardware store and fill in any areas where you can feel a draft coming in. If you rent a place and are worried about making permanent changes, you may have to get a bit creative. Oftentimes the door to your balcony may be a culprit for letting in cold wind. To protect this area, you can stuff some strips of non-skid pads into the cracks and easily remove them when the weather warms up.

Check Your Roof For Loose Shingles

Heavy snow and rain can wreak havoc on your home’s roof. Before the snow falls, take a look at the shingles on your rooftop and make sure there are no areas where they seem loose or broken. Precarious shingles will not only let in cold air and water, they will also weaken its strength, leaving it susceptible to the weight of heavy snow coverings. Ensuring the tiles are in good condition will prevent expensive damage from happening later on.

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Purchase Thermal Curtains

One of the most common places where heat is lost is through a cold window! Even if you have the heater turned up and your walls are insulated, your home will quickly lose its heat if your windows are not protected. Keep the warmth inside your house by purchasing some thermal insulated curtains to cover any frosty windows.

Clean The Gutters

When the leaves start to change colour and fall from the trees, they also begin to accumulate in the gutters along your roof. Blocked gutters can mean leakage, ice buildup, and a backup in water flow. You can either hire a professional to do it for you (which could end up costing a pretty penny), or if you feel like you can do it safely, simply grab a ladder & a pair of work gloves and clear out the debris yourself.

Ensure Your Landlord is Doing Their Part

If you are renting a house or an apartment, your landlords are required to perform repairs for your dwelling as needed (depending on your province). Many winterization tasks, like sealing up holes in woodwork, protecting your door from drafts, and heating your apartment, are their responsibility. Be sure to inform your landlord of any repairs that need to be done before the cold hits your area, as it means you won’t have to feel the financial burden of the maintenance. Furthermore, all provinces state that landlords must keep a habitable environment for their tenants; this includes keeping the dwellings warm! If you find your landlord is not able to sustain a reasonable temperature for your apartment, you may be entitled to compensation to make up for the fact. Take a look at your province’s habitation regulation site for more information on your rights as a tenant.

Take Out A Short-Term Loan For Winterization Costs

If you find the cost of protecting your household from the freezing temperatures to be overwhelming, consider borrowing money with iCASH. You can get a loan of up to $1,500 for winter tires or last-minute repairs in under 30 minutes. Canada’s winter months are well-known for being incredibly harsh; the snow won’t wait for your next paycheck, so why should you? Visit www.icash.ca to apply for a loan today.

Ramona Glanville

Ramona has been a regular contributor to some of Canada's top wealth-management editorials for over 30 years. She strongly believes in good saving habits, reducing financial clutter, and red wine.