Haven’t we had some great weather lately? Oh yes, we had some minor scrapes with Hurricane Sandy; mostly flooded basements and a few roof leaks.
However, we know what’s coming, right? Old Man Winter will be breathing his frosty breath down our necks and into our homes in no time.
Here, we’re going to be sharing with you, on an ongoing basis, some tips to help you winterize your home. If you’re renting a house, it’s also good information. It’s good advice that we’ve acquired over many years of property maintenance. So, visit us frequently!
Let’s start with tree trimming. Trees are lovely living things, but they can become dangerous adversaries during a winter blizzard. Autumn wind storms loosen dead branches and weaken trees. When winter force winds start to blow, who wants a tree branch landing on their roof or car? Getting things fixed at that time, becomes problematic.
Tree lands on car
Each year, insurance companies pay out millions of dollars in tree damage claims. But, do you really need the hassle of filing an insurance claim or outliving it?
No matter how you look at it, it’s money out of your pocket. So here’s what to do. First, assess the health of your surrounding trees and make those that appear to be the worst threats a priority. Most of us can learn how to use, buy or rent a chainsaw. Cut branches into manageable logs that you can use, or donate to a wood-burning neighbor. Rent a chipper to handle the smaller stuff and make compost or spring mulch from it.
If all of this is too much for you to handle. Call the professionals (3 should do it). They’ll be more than happy to give you an estimate. If you get stuck, contact us, The Matterhorn Company. We’ll be happy to send you in the right direction.