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Even the newest homes can become less weatherproof over time. Leaky ceilings and drafty windows are a nuisance even in warmer months, but in the winter, these gaps in ceilings, walls and windows can be hazardous. Consult a local handyman or home maintenance concierge to address areas that need to be weather-sealed, such as doorways and older windows.
As Colorado experiences heavier snowfall, the likelihood of leaks becomes more apparent. November is an ideal time to address the health of a home’s roof, although full replacements may need to wait until warmer weather. Patching leak-prone areas will help throughout the winter months until a full roof replacement is needed.
Homeowners aren’t the only ones that want a refuge from the cold. Squirrels, raccoons and mice will seek out any warmth they can find throughout winter, even if that means hiding away in an attic. A quick check of the roof’s perimeter, air vents and chimneys is vital to ensure that animals cannot find an entryway into the home.
DIY home maintenance can be risky; consult your local home maintenance company to ensure your home is ready for this winter.