Santa walking to a house

It’s that time of year when everyone’s favorite red-suited gift-giver starts making plans for his Christmas Eve visit. Make sure your home is in tip-top shape this December with a maintenance checklist that keeps you off the naughty list. 

Start at the Top

If Santa’s visit to your home will be via a chimney, he’ll appreciate you taking the time to clean it up before his arrival. And since dropping temperatures mean you’ll probably be using your fireplace more often, a thorough inspection and cleaning by a professional is in order anyway, particularly in older homes that may not have had one in recent years. Removing the buildup of soot and creosote is recommended every year and can ensure your fires burn safely, with less odor and the efficiency to keep you warm. 

Chimney or not, the holiday season is a good time of year to be sure your roof is not lacking in maintenance. A visual inspection of the underside from your attic can help you spot signs of water leaks or decaying wood. Survey the exterior for missing or loose shingles and consider asking a roofing company to provide a closer inspection of the condition and possible problems such as failing flashing around chimneys and vents. 

Don’t get Missed

Even St. Nick might make a mistake, so it never hurts to go the extra mile to be sure your house isn’t overlooked. Updating or adding a set of street numbers to the front of your home can increase its curb appeal and make life easier for those delivering packages, whether they’re from the North Pole or Amazon. 

Well placed landscape lighting can also pay off during the short winter days and give your home an attractive glow year round. If you are going all in with outdoor Christmas decorations, be sure they are in good condition and designed to withstand the elements. You don’t want your holiday fun ruined by a preventable fire. 

Keep it Cozy

Once inside, Santa will certainly appreciate any efforts beyond the milk and cookies. Fresh caulking and proper insulation around your windows and doors will help ensure your home is a warm stop on his long journey and can also lower your utility bills. 

And don’t forget to add a quick spray of lubricant on squeaky door hinges or adjust those squeaky floorboards. Quieting those nuisance noises will keep everyone asleep in their beds while the big guy is filling stockings and putting the gifts under the tree. 

If your winter wishlist involves more than some minor repairs, the professionals at Open Mortgage may be able to help. Call or visit OpenMortgage.com to learn more about our home equity and renovation loans or to begin the process of shopping for your next home.

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