Though we haven’t yet gotten to Thanksgiving, many parts of the country are already experiencing winter storms. Now is a good time for getting ready for snow outside your home. You don’t want to be caught unprepared by the first big snowstorm.
Make sure that your gutters and down pipes are clean and free of debris. Consider putting up leaf guards so your gutters don’t get clogged. Check that the brackets on your gutters are strong enough to withstand the snow after it thaws and slides down the roof. Get a high quality snow shovel to use to clear your sidewalk and driveway. Be sure to remove moss from apex roofs and sidewalks. Purchase salt early and grit to defrost snow and ice on sidewalks around your home.
Part of getting ready for snow outside your home is making sure the interior is prepared, too. So, if you live in an area where temperatures can get quite cold, it’s best to check your fuel supplies now and shop around if they’re low. Suppliers have to compete, so it’s worth it to take the extra time to shop around. Also check that your plumbing is properly insulated so it won’t freeze and burst. Get an emergency kit ready, too and stock it with flashlights and batteries and a good camp stove in case of power outages. Have containers ready to hold water in case your pipes freeze and make sure you keep your mobile devices charged at all times so that you can get help if you need it.
Aaron Zapata is the broker-owner of Zapata Realty, Inc. located in Yorba Linda, CA. He has been a licensed broker for over a decade. His growing practice includes residential and apartment sales in Southern California.
Aaron holds a degree in Biblical and Theological studies from BIOLA University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Cal State Fullerton. He has been quoted by the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and the Associated Press and is an author and speaker. He is also maintains designations and memberships with nearly a dozen organizations aimed at raising the standards and ethics in the real estate industry. Although ranked in the top 1% nationwide, he gives each client his focused attention with the simple purpose of doing what is best for them. Nearly all of his business comes from referrals from his satisfied clients.
Aaron lives in Yorba Linda with his wife Dawn. They have been married for 18 years and have a 10 year old named Levi, a 7 year old named Malachi, and they have a Beagle name Sadie. He is an active member of Friends Church in Yorba Linda as a Board Member, and the Chamber of Commerce where he serves as the Chamber’s Network Connection President. This past summer he travelled to India with his oldest son to care for and educate the poorest of the poor.