Remember these 7 key basics when weatherproofing your home

by Linda Cappello Broker, GRI, ABR 01/08/2023

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Weatherproofing your home can have enormous benefits, from saving money on utility bills to protecting your home from some of the harshest storm impacts common to your area. However, many individuals may not know where to start when the time comes to weatherproof their homes.

Here are a few great places to start and common questions about weatherproofing your home.

1. Fix leaks around windows & doors

When it comes to weatherproofing homes, the best places to start are your doors and windows. These areas are great, covert money drains due to leaking cold air from the interior of the home during hot weather or letting the cold winter air slip in during the colder months, both boosting your utility costs.

Adding the appropriate seals to your windows and doors can help retain the indoor temperatures while keeping the outdoor elements outside.

2. Insulate

Proper weatherproofing also means monitoring your insulation. If you're in a particularly weather-intense area, it may be worth it to invest in heft insulation that keeps the effects of the weather from leaking into your home. Likewise, insulation can help protect the interior of your home's walls from unforeseen damage, like excessive changes in humidity.

Depending on your region, adding extra layers of attic or basement insulation may also help keep your home in top shape during the harsh months or when temperatures tend to fluctuate to extremes.

3. Weatherproof your exterior walls

Weatherproofing your home's exterior is usually more preventative. This may include trimming foliage away from the home to prevent damage should something happen to a tree or large overhanging plant.

Inspect your home's exterior walls for any damage, such as pest damage or warped panels. If you find any, it's imperative to treat the issue as soon as possible. Likewise, check outer door and window frames to ensure they're installed correctly and don't have any apparent leaks.

4. Make sure storm windows are installed correctly

If you have storm windows, make sure they're installed correctly. Any window installed incorrectly could have adverse effects. However, a storm window installed incorrectly could also damage your home due to the more robust materials used.

By ensuring your windows are installed correctly, you not only ensure they remain energy-efficient, but also add an extra layer of protection to your home.

5. What are the benefits of weatherproofing your home?

Weatherproofing your home is great for adding an extra layer of protection during stormy weather. It's also great for decreasing energy bills.

6. Are there insurance breaks for weatherproofing your home?

Yes. Some insurance companies will offer insurance breaks for weatherproofing homes. Check your policy or give your provider a call if you're curious.

7. Does weatherproofing provide financial perks?

Absolutely! Not only can it reduce the damage done to your home, but it can add value to your home while lowering your energy bills.

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Regardless of your home, adding an extra level of weatherproofing is a great way to ensure you protect your investment while increasing your savings.


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Linda Cappello Broker, GRI, ABR

Linda A. Cappello, Owner/Broker of Cappello Realty Shoreline Properties. Cappello Realty is a full service boutique Real Estate firm that specializes in Norwalk, and services all of Fairfield County, CT. Linda has been in the Real Estate business for 18+ years, spending 15 of them as a Broker-Owner. Being a Broker adds a lot responsibility to her job. She is responsible for overseeing every transaction and agent in the office. This is a challenge that she looks forward to and takes very seriously. She is constantly taking continuing education classes and attending seminars to keep abreast of the ever changing market as well as the industry standards, rules and regulations.  

She is a native to Norwalk, and has an in-depth knowledge of the city that she loves, as well as the intricacies of the many unique neighborhoods and areas that Norwalk offers. Linda offers her clients a network of professionals ranging from Attorneys, Mortgage Brokers & Home Inspectors to any and all pros that you may need for a successful transaction and for the convenience of her clients.  

"My job doesn't end at the closing table. It goes far beyond that, keeping in touch and staying friends who refer their family and friends. A lot of my business is referral business which is the greatest accomplishment and honor of all. Earning my clients trust."