Start the new year off right! Knock off all your home maintenance resolutions off your list this January. Keep your Northern Wisconsin home in tip top shape all year round by taking care of some basic home maintenance tasks this month. Here are our recomendations for the main tasks to complete this January. 

1. Winter Storm Preparation. We all know that winter in Northern Wisconsin is filled with snowy weather and cold temperatures. Make sure that you are prepared throughout the season. Keep snow removal gear close to the door so that you can easily access it when needed. When the weather permits it, remove snow buildup from your roof, deck, and tree limbs. Heavy snow accumulation on these items can cause serious, costly damage. If your home has a generator, make sure it is working properly in case a heavy storm causes the power to go out.

2. Inspect the property. Even though the cold weather might want to keep you inside, winter is the perfect time to inspect your property. Potential issues around your home are more likely during the winter but can also be easily detected. To ensure that nothing is over looked, consider hiring a professional to inspect your pipes, windows and doors, gutters, foundation, and more.

3. Block drafts. Keep your energy costs down and your home nice and cozy by eliminating drafts around your home. Add weatherstripping around drafty windows and place draft blockers (from your local hardware store) under doors.

4. Take care of your wood floors. Wood floors take a beating in winter due to indoor heating and outside elements. Keep floors from shrinking or cracking by adding a humidifier to your home. Regularly sweep and mop and place rugs in high trafficked areas to protect your floors against damaging rock salt.

5. Clean your oven. With accumulated grease and grime from holiday cooking, your oven is likely run of the dirtiest appliances in your home. Keep it nice and clean by creating a paste of baking soda and water and scrubing the grime away. If your oven has one, use the self-cleaning function once a month.

6. Alleviate allergens. With the heat on and everyone indoors, allergens increase during the winter months. Keep your family healthy by removing irritants. Regularly dust and vaccuum throughout your home. Add an air purifier with a HEPA filter to your home to remove particles from the air.

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