Getting your home ready for winter is a great way to save money and protect your home’s value. Here are eight different ways to do so…
8 Tips to Help You Winterize Your Home
Last winter, I compiled a great list of tips for you to use this winter to keep your home safe and warm during the long, cold nights. These tips aren’t in any particular order, but they all come from personal experience from us and our clients and they’re all things we wished we would have known in the past:
1. Be careful with your holiday decorations. Don’t do any damage to your decorations, because you don’t want them to give you any additional expenses when it does come time for you to sell.
2. Change your furnace filter. You should also have your HVAC serviced. When these things are clean, it will cut down on your heating costs and ensure that the system is working efficiently.
3. Weather strip, seal, and caulk any air leaks. This will make sure that the hot air stays in and the cold air stays out.
“Ceramic and space heaters work well in the case your furnace goes out.”
4. Clean out the fall leaves and foliage from your gutters. As temperatures drop and water starts freezing, ice dams fill up and could cause your gutters to come down and damage to your house. I have had to take this advice myself.
5. Winterize your outdoor hose bibs and electrical outlets. Make sure your outdoor pipes are clear and there is some kind of insulation over that hose bib. Your outlets should also have a cover over them that is sealed in some capacity.
6. Make sure you have a properly working fire extinguisher. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
7. Have at least two spare flashlights and plenty of batteries nearby. In case of a power outage, you’ll want to be able to see.
8. Have an additional heat source in case your furnace goes out. Ceramic and space heaters work well in this type of emergency.
As we prepare for 2019, we’re excited to bring your more informational and educational videos about real estate. To all of our family, friends, and clients who support us year in and year out, we hope you have a great holiday season, an even better new year, and we’ll see you in 2019.
If you have any questions for us in the meantime about this topic or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.