How to Winterize your Big Sky Home

How to Winterize your Big Sky Home

Winter is just around the corner, and it's time to start planning how to winterize your Big Sky Home and prepare for the snowy months ahead. Because as we know living in Big Sky, Montana, we can get up to 400 inches of snow a year and that’s not something you want to be unprepared for. Proper winterization ensures you are comfortable through these cold months, but it also helps protect your property from potential damage. 

Tips to Winterize your Big Sky home

1.Shut Down Pool and Sprinkler System and Drain Outside Faucets

Before the freezing temperatures set in, it's crucial to shut down your pool and sprinkler system. Drain the water from these systems to prevent pipes from bursting. Don't forget to disconnect and drain outside faucets too.


2.Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

Give your lawn some love before winter by aerating and fertilizing it. Trim your grass shorter for the last time to prevent it from matting down under heavy snow. Rake up leaves and debris to allow the grass to breathe.


3.Check Trees

Inspect your trees for any damaged or weak branches that could potentially fall during a winter storm. Trim them back to avoid hazards and property damage.


4.Make Sure Your Attic Doesn't Become a Critter Hotel

Critters seek shelter from the cold, and your attic can be an inviting spot. Inspect your attic for openings and seal them to prevent unwanted guests.


5.Energy Audit

Consider getting a professional energy audit to identify areas where your home might be losing heat. Proper insulation and sealing can significantly reduce heating costs.


6.Cover Patio Furniture:

Protect your outdoor furniture by covering or storing it indoors. Harsh winter weather can cause damage, so it's essential to keep them safe until spring.


7.Prepare for Snow Removal

Stock up on snow shovels, ice melt, and a good-quality snow blower. If you need to find a local snow remover, give us a call! We have plenty of recommendations.


8.Schedule a maintenance check for your Heating and Air Conditioning System

Schedule a maintenance check for your heating system to ensure it's working efficiently. Replace filters and consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat for better control over energy consumption. Either that or stock up on blankets and sweaters! 


9.Paint, Caulk, and Seal Exterior Wood:

Inspect your home's exterior wood surfaces, such as decks and siding. Touch up paint, caulk gaps, and seal to prevent moisture intrusion and rot.


10.Seal Masonry and Hard Surfaces:

Check for cracks in your driveway, walkways, and masonry. Seal them to prevent water from getting in and causing freeze-thaw damage.


11.Check Your Drainage

Ensure that your home's drainage systems, like downspouts and sump pumps, are in working order. When that snow starts to melt, proper drainage can prevent water from pooling and causing damage to your roof!


12.Get your Gutters Cleaned

Similar to proper drainage, it’s important to clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams and water backups. 


13.Order Firewood and get your Chimney Cleaned

A cozy fire is a wonderful thing to enjoy during flurries, so  have your chimney cleaned and inspected. Order firewood in advance to stay warm and cozy during the winter months. 


14.Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Your safety is paramount. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to ensure they are functioning correctly. Replace batteries if necessary.


By following these steps, you can ensure that your home is well-prepared for the upcoming winter season. Stay warm and enjoy the winter wonderland!


Don't wait until the first snow fall in-town to start planning How to Winterize your Big Sky Home. 

If you want help with what you should do and who should do it, GIVE US A CALL. We are happy to talk about your winterizing your Big Sky home.

Matt Zaremba
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