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Winter Has Arrived… Get Your Home Winterized

The rain, snow and cold weather has arrived. It time to shop for new winter clothes, time to consider how to protect your home from the winter conditions that are fast approaching. With temperatures falling and meteorologists predicting a colder than normal winter, the easiest and most cost efficient way to keep your home’s heat inside, while keeping your heating bill respectable, is to add fresh insulation to your attic, ceilings, basement, and walls.

Time For Home Insurance Check Up

Let Shepard Insurance provide you with an insurance check-up to make sure you have the best possible coverage. We have many ways to save you money on your homeowners insurance. We can also determine if you have the right homeonwers insurance for your individual needs.

Prepare For Winter

Have an emergency kit ready; an emergency kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Include the following: water, flash lights and batteries, first aid kit, whistles to signal for help, basic tools, manual can opener, small supply of food, radio, candles, lighter, blankets and rope.

The following is a checklist for what homeowners ought to be doing when prepping for the cold season. Stick to it, and you're sure to have a warmer and more relaxed winter experience (scraping and digging out your car notwithstanding).

  • Reverse ceiling fan rotation

  • Inspect your furnace and replace filters

  • Insulate water pipes

  • Turn off all outside water and sprinklers

  • Clean wood stoves and chimney’s

  • Install window insulators

  • Store summer tools and prep winter ones

  • Get a programmable thermostat

  • Make sure you caulk or repair and replace any siding that is failing

  • Stock up on emergency supplies

  • It's always wise to provide an outside air supply for combustion appliances like gas stoves and furnaces. You may need a professional to check this for you

  • Make sure your recreation vehicles get the same care as your home

  • Seal cracks in windows, doors, foundations, and ducts

  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors

  • Clean gutters

  • Add insulation where needed

  • Check for leaks in gutters, windows and roofs

  • Cut shrubs away from your home

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