Winterizing your home in the fall could save you money once cold temps and snow move in

NOW: Winterizing your home in the fall could save you money once cold temps and snow move in

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- As the temperatures drop in Wisconsin, it's time to start thinking about the maintenance your home needs before winter. 

Homeowners know there's a lot to do to get ready for snow and colder temperatures. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is reminding people too. 

"To save you money, check your windows and doors for air leaking. If you add caulk and weather stripping it's really going to help that cold from getting in." said Jim Timmer, president and CEO of the BBB Wisconsin. "You know heating oil is up, prices of everything are going up."

He says those rising prices and labor shortages shouldn't discourage homeowners from getting necessary work done on their home or prevent them from seeking out the proper help, because in the long run it could cost you more money. 

John Brannon, the owner of Exact Exterior and Interior Remodeling, says neglected gutters are the number one problem he sees on homes during the winter. 

"In the next couple of weeks we're going to see majority of leaves fall," said Brannon. 

Leaves, sticks, bad gutters and bad pitching of gutters are all problems that Brannon says can cause water to sit in your gutter and freeze as it gets colder, leading to much more costly issues. 

"Ice will form and it will start building up beyond the height of the shingle. Now you have water coming into the house," said Brannon.  

He also recommends using a rake to clear snow off of your roof in the colder months.

Brannon says those without experience or the proper safety equipment shouldn't go up to the roof or gutters on their own. 

The BBB says you should do your research when looking for a company. If you're unsure about a company or business, you can search the BBB for accredited businesses. 

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