South Florida might be known for its mild winters, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take some precautions to get ready for the season. After all, winter in South Florida can mean more rain and you can still expect a few storms. If you aren’t ready for a change in the weather you might have to deal with other unexpected repairs.
Here’s a quick checklist of things you can do to help make sure your house or condo stay in good condition all winter long, no matter what the weather throws at you.
Winter in South Florida means you’ve just gotten out of hurricane season. Even if your area wasn’t affected by a big storm, it’s still a good idea to check your roof and see if there is any maintenance work that needs to be done.
Preventive maintenance can help prevent roof leaks and further damage in the rain and weather of the next season.
You can check for loose shingles or tiles, and other obvious signs of damage yourself, but it’s usually better to have a professional inspection and repair service come out to take a look at your roof for themselves.
Getting ready for winter rain also means checking on your gutters and making sure you don’t have too much debris built up from hurricane season. It’s a good idea to check for damage at the same time to help make sure you don’t have a gutter failure over the winter.
As long as your gutters don’t need a repair, you can probably clean them out yourself. Just make sure you have a friend or family member helping if you need to use a ladder to access the roof.
Florida is known for its mild weather, but that doesn’t mean that you want to let winter air into your home. Especially if your home has A/C or a heating system or fireplace it’s a good idea to have the seals on your windows and doors checked at least once every few years.
Professionals can check the seals for airtightness and how well they hold temperature. If your windows or door seals are starting to fail, a professional can also often patch the seal. However, it might be a good sign that you should replace your windows or doors soon for better energy efficiency.
If your apartment, house, or condo has a pool, now is a good time to make sure you’re caught up on maintenance. Condo owners can usually trust complex maintenance to take care of your pool, but it’s a good idea to ask about it if you don’t see your pool getting cleaned and ready for the winter.
House owners with a pool should make sure they clean and vacuum their pool, check the chemical balance, and skim off any fallen leaves. In South Florida, algae can grow in your pool even in the middle of winter, so maintenance is important year-round.
In South Florida, we use AC year-round, but definitely less during winter months. This is a perfect time to make sure to replace your air conditioning filter – especially if you haven’t done so since summer. Ideally, AC filters should be replaced monthly.
That’s it! Getting ready for winter is pretty easy in South Florida, but it’s still an important part of homeownership, whether you have a house or a condo.
Of course, if you’re looking to buy a new home in South Florida and want to enjoy our mild winters for yourself, Great Florida Homes can help. Contact us today so we can start looking for your dream South Florida home!
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