6 Ways To Brace Yourself and Your Home For Winter

The trees and shrubs around the Twin Cities are certainly showing off all their glorious fall color right now, aren’t they? Could the air feel any crisper? Could that warm beverage taste any more satisfying? There truly is something splendid about this time of year. 

While we don’t want to rush a single fall day away, we do want to help you as a homeowner think ahead to what's coming... winter. That’s why this month, we’re already starting to talk about winterizing. Here are six simple ways to brace yourself and your home for winter.  

Prepare your cozy place

Any plans to warm yourself by the fireplace this winter? If you haven’t already, this is the time to get your chimney cleaned and inspected. Consider this your friendly reminder to close the damper and securely seal the fireplace’s opening when it’s not in use.

Where’s the sun?

The sun's rays even in winter can help naturally warm your house. Keep the south-facing windows clean and the curtains wide open during the day to let the sun’s heat in. Do your best to close up the curtains or blinds before when the sun goes down.

Find the drafts

Feel a draft creeping in through the doors? Try a door snake (here's an example from Amazon), a rolled-up towel or caulk at the base of your door to keep the frigid air out and the warm air in.

Winter’s magic number

Avoid thermostat wars within your house and get everyone to agree to keep the temp no higher than 68 during the winter months. If you’re asleep or away, drop it a few degrees. 

Cold toes and hands?

Buy some extra warm slippers and place them in a basket in the main living area. Keep a few fun extra pairs around so guests can help themselves to a pair while visiting.

Best warming teas

Keep the warm beverages flowing. Stoke your pantry with cinnamon and chamomile tea choices since they naturally warming to the body. Hey, we live in Minnesota where every little bit can help!

 

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What Every New Homeowner Needs To Know Before Winter

What Every New Homeowner Needs To Know Before Winter

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5 Fall Jobs Every New Homeowner Needs To Do

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September. With it’s back-to-school, back-to-routines, back-to-short days and long nights—autumn always promises to be a full time of year. It's also the time of year when your house and yard require a significant amount of maintenance and prep for that long winter that’s coming. We've rounded up some helpful, 'round-the-house info that's sure to help ease your way into this cooler weather. 

What to do with all that yard waste

In the greater Twin Cities area, you have four choices for yard waste disposal: composting, munching,curbside pick-up, or drop-off sites. Each city has its own rules, but overall we found...

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This past month, we stumbled upon this great article about what should be included in a bid from a roofing contractor. And it got us thinking: if it’s someone’s first time to contact a roofing company about roof repairs, new siding, or installing new windows, how would someone know what to look for in the bids received from different roofing companies? 

You’d Google it, that’s what you’d do. So, we thought we’d share some friendly advice about what to look for in a quality roofing bid...

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Roof flashings and possible leaks

In this video, Guy is up on the roof to show two different roof flashings that might be the cause of leaks in your home. 

First, we see a plumbing exhaust pipe which runs through this particular house's plumbing and sewer system. There's one noticeable problem with this exhaust pipe: the top has fallen off. Squirrels can be especially pesky culprits for messing with these types of pipes. Guy explains why in the video.

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Replace Your Siding: 4 Signs That Tell You It's Time

Is it time to replace your home’s siding?

Your home’s siding works really hard. It does. It withstands snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, ice, and direct sunlight. And as it slowly ages, it will begin to break, crack, warp, or crumble. It’s all just a part of owning a home.

So as a homeowner, how do you know if it’s time to replace your home’s siding? Here are four signs you can watch for.

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Professional Snow Removal: What You Want To Know Before You Hire

It's winter in Minnesota, which means that just about anything can happen in terms of the weather. Temperatures can drop to rival the North Pole, unexpected warm days will tempt us to believe spring is on its way, or we'll be buried in lots and lots of snow. So far we've had a bit of all three, but who knows what the next few months could bring! 

Just in case the snow starts to fly again, here's what you need to know about caring for your roof during the winter months.

How much snow is too much snow for my roof? 

Take a look at the ice build up on your roof. How thick is it getting? When it starts to get over four inches thick, you could start to have problems.

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Spreading the reason for the season

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays this time can pass by us too quickly if we don’t intentionally set time aside to remember what this season stands for. Taking the time to give back and invest in our community is something we like to do as an entire family. 

Looking for ways to get your whole family involved in the holiday season? Here are two ideas for you...

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So How Do Ice Dams Form Anyway?

When there’s a layer of snow sitting on your roof an ice dam is formed when the attic warms up enough to melt the first layer of snow on your roof. 

Drip by drip, the water will trickle down between the layer of snow and shingles until it hits the end of your roof. The edge of your roof stays cold because it extends beyond the attic—thus isn’t being warmed from underneath. There you have the gradual forming of nice mound of ice we call an ice dam...