Here are eight home inspection winter tips for homeowners to maximize efficiency and safety in their homes and maintaining its investment value.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #1: Check gutters, downspouts, and downspout extensions. This allows water to travel away, otherwise blockages can occur. The result being stagnant water which causes damage to shingles, other roof and wall materials.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #2: Ensure that attics are properly ventilated. Ideally, half of the vents in an attic should be located in the soffit at the bottom of the roof and half in the gable or ridge vents near the top to allow for natural circulation of air. A good ventilation system helps avoid absorbing moisture in the home’s framing which can become weakened otherwise.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #3: On the outside, make sure the exterior of the home has an outdoor sealant. Look for worn out or cracked sealant at windows or holes and seal those areas. Doing so will avoid leaks.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #4: Inspect fireplaces and screen of the top of chimneys to keep out rodents and birds. Check to see if the chimney needs to be cleaned of soot and creosote.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #5: Make sure to inspect dryer hoses and exterior dryer vents. Lint blockages can cause fires. As the dryer pushes out moist, hot air, lint eventually builds up and needs to be manually removed. This can also bun out your dryer, which adds time to the drying process using up more electricity.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #6: Remove register covers of air ducts, and clean regularly. Check ducts for air leakage that needs to be sealed. This will improve the airflow throughout the house.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #7: Check weather stripping around windows and doors to prevent cold (and hot) air from entering or escaping.

Home Inspection Winter Tips #8: Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles to ensure water cannot enter the home.

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