As winter weather patterns advance along the East coast, many first time home buyers are bracing for severe conditions by stocking up on supplies and making improvements to features of their houses in preparation. By planning ahead and taking calculated actions before, during and after a snowstorm, homeowners can effectively avoid issues other who are less prepared may encounter.
Gather materials for snow management
Preparing for winter weather not only includes buying warm clothing and bottled water, an important aspect is anticipating having to deal with mass quantities of snow. Though some winter-sports enthusiasts look forward to accumulation, most people hope to remove snow as soon as it settles. Buying and spreading large quantities of rock salt and sand will increase traction for pedestrians and automobiles in otherwise slippery conditions. A shovel is an imperative tool to have handy during winter weather conditions, and can decrease the time spent moving snow from one place to another. Purchasing extra heating fuel, just in case, can also help homeowners ensure they will be warm amid low temperatures.
Staying safe by taking fewer risks
As snow can make for slick streets and sidewalks, it is recommended people exercise extreme caution when traveling and dress warmly. Frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly during cold weather, and often times, the warning signs are recognized too late. Minimize the time spent outside, especially for young children who wish to play in the snow. If shoveling is necessary, those with poor health or heart conditions are urged not to over-exert themselves.
After severe weather, wait for professionals to clean up
If power lines were knocked down and electricity was cut, or large quantities of snow are preventing normal mobility, area professionals should be the only ones to fix the problems. Individuals trying to do so themselves can put themselves in harm’s way. Municipalities normally have departments assigned to such maintenance issues. If a homeowner’s house sustained damage during a storm, a wide variety of FHA loans or VA loans are available through lending companies and can help finance construction. Making a few necessary improvements can also boost the resale price and meet present market standards.
Updating your home to meet current housing trends is a great way to improve your home value. However, if you find yourself checking the couch for spare change to fund your next home improvement project, you may want to consider refinancing your home loan with Freedom Mortgage to free up some extra funds.
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