Building your custom home can help bring your dreams to life. That said, you’ve got to protect your investment. Even if there are no winter storms in the forecast, it is still a good idea to prepare for them before the ice and snow arrive. Plus, in the late fall and early winter, we are bound to experience some intense storms in the Anne Arundel County area. So here is a look at how to prepare your home for the next storm.
Tips for Winterization
Winterization should happen during the fall for both the inside of your home and the outside. This task becomes even more critical if you are getting a pool installed as part of your custom home design. Since you can take advantage of better deals and faster turnaround times during the fall, be mindful of winterization concerns during the design and build phases of getting your new home ready for delivery. More insulation is necessary, as is ensuring that heating systems are in good working order. Gutters need to be inspected for clogs or physical damages that could lead to water damage. Trees around your roof need to be evaluated for health, and their branches must be trimmed back to protect your roof shingles better. All of the pipes need to be insulated as well. Also, the hose bibs must be attended to; start by detaching the hoses themselves, and then turn the hose bibs off. Then you can move on!
Collect Everything You Need
When you know a storm is on the way, it is time to gather up all the items you need to stay ready for anything that could happen. Get the snow shovels out of your garage and make sure that they aren’t cracked or broken. Please speak to your custom home building partner at Cedar Square Homes for any suggestions they might have on how to protect hardscaping elements of your new home that might be damaged by the blades of the shovels, such as the driveway connected to your house. Rock salt can help defrost steps and walkways, so it’s essential to keep that on hand as well. Be sure to find the kind of salt that will be safe for your pets to walk across!
Make sure that your backup generator has all the fuel it needs to keep it running even in severe winter weather. If you haven’t had your pre-winter inspection done yet, it is important to make sure the generator is in tip-top shape before it is needed. As part of your storm prep efforts, you’ll also need the following items, just in case:
- extra layers of clean and dry clothes
- flashlights, matches, and candles
- An emergency first aid kit
Questions? Call Cedar Square Homes Today!
Whether you are ready to start the custom building home process, or you still have more questions, the trained professionals at Cedar Square Homes are here to help you out. We are beloved throughout Maryland and beyond for our attentive service and affordable home remodeling and building prices. We proudly service Anne Arundel County. Visit us online or give us a call at 410-987-9771. To see more examples of our work and for helpful tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.