Whenever there are homes for sale Napa home buyers always have a checklist in their minds of signs to look for when spotting weather damage from homes not being properly winterized. Indeed, California doesn’t experience the harshest winters compared to other states, but weather changes can cause damage nonetheless. Our Napa real estate agents are always on the lookout to ensure clients are well prepared each winter season and keeping their homes protected. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to protect your home in winter, so it can sell for top dollar in spring.

Outdoor Maintenance of Nearby Trees

It’s important to keep an eye on trees that veer close to your home. Lingering tree branches and leaves could cause problems whether it be from a branch falling onto your roof or a build-up of leaves in your gutters. A certified arborist can help you determine how healthy a tree is and whether or not you should consider trimming the limbs. Taking this step has a two-fold benefit in that it helps keep your home protected and the landscape looking tidier.

Roof Inspection and Cleaning

Winter rain and snow are a recipe for disaster if your roof is not in tip-top condition. The first step is to clear all debris off the roof of your home and garage (if this applies to your home). Then, take a close look at the surface and inspect your shingles. Check for areas where water may be able to collect as well as sealants around pipes, skylights, and anywhere else that could provide an opening for water to seep in. Due to safety issues, it is probably best to leave roof maintenance to the pros.

Seal All Gaps

Side panels and windows can create gaps and cracks over time, and allow for moisture to creep through. Take a good look at all of these areas and seal them up using an exterior latex caulking that allows for it to be painted over. For gaps wider than a quarter-inch, we recommend a plastic foam filler.

Stain Your Deck

It’s always a good idea to give your deck a good once over and see if it needs another coat of paint and stain. It will help keep the wood preserved and a great looking deck adds value to your home.

These are just some of the many ways you can ensure your home is ready for winter. If you’re still not sure about preparing your home or staging it for a possible sale in the future, contact Ghisletta Realty today! Our team of professional Napa real estate agents is standing by to help you with all your real estate needs.