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3 cheap home repairs you should do before winter

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Winter storms can hit your home hard, but finishing these cheap repairs in autumn can help prepare your home for ice and snow and save you some serious dough in the long term.

1) Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters may be one of the least fun home maintenance tasks, but it’s also one of the most critical. During the winter, water freezes in gutters making a deep clean nearly impossible, so this is one task you’ll want to check off your list before temperatures drop. Fall leaves can create standing water in gutters, and attract pests. Cleaning your gutters can also alert you to any corrosion so you can repair your gutters before snow melts off. This affordable gutter cleaning tool that fits nearly all extension poles can make the job a little easier.

Gutter Sense Gutter Cleaning Tool available from Amazon

2) Seal Window Drafts

Drafty windows aren’t just uncomfortable—they're also expensive. If you’re tired of watching your heating bill rise each winter, simply seal small cracks and gaps around your windows with caulk. To determine where air is coming in, hold a sheet of tissue paper around the edges of your windows on a breezy day.

Red Devil EZ Squeeze Window & Door Caulk available from Amazon

3) Replace HVAC Filters

HVAC filters should be replaced every three to six months, depending on whether you have pets in your home and how often you run the heat or air-conditioning. A dirty filter can result in reduced air flow, which means your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home warm in the winter. A quick filter replacement can keep your system running smoothly. Just make sure the HVAC filter you buy is the correct size for your unit.

Filtrete Micro Allergen Defense HVAC Filter available from Amazon

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Ask any home inspector or realtor about what’s a turn off to home buyers when scouting a house to buy, and they’ll probably tell you any signs of neglect by the current owner. Water damage is a big one. The problem is often caused by water pooling around the foundation due to poor gutter drainage and that excess moisture can lead to a wet basement and damage to the foundation.

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