Monday, November 1, 2021 / by Shane Kilby
Here are seven tips to help prepare your home for the cold weather.
Buyers and sellers usually ask how they can prepare their homes for the cold weather around this time. I have some tips that’ll help keep your home energy efficient and damage-free.
1. Clean out your gutters where it can freeze and cause damage.
2. Winterize outdoor pipes. Check anywhere there might be exposed pipes, like under the home or in the attic, and insulate these areas as much as possible.
3. Install an emergency release on your pipes. This is a release valve that lets you release some built-up pressure and keep pipes from bursting. Newer homes may already have this.
4. Keep your thermostat set a bit lower. If you set your thermostat at 65 or 66 degrees, it’ll still keep your home feeling nice and toasty compared to outside while saving quite a bit on your bill.
5. Get your HVAC system inspected. You want to make sure any wear and tear or missing parts are addressed in advance because it’s a lot easier to schedule a time with the technician while it’s still warm outside.
6. Clean up the yard. It’s a good idea to keep the tree limbs trimmed back and the yard debris cleared because stray limbs may damage your house or car when the hard freezes come.
7. Disconnect and outdoor water faucet. Wrap and insulate these faucets as well. This will keep the water from freezing in these lines and causing damage.
If you have any questions about these tips or other real estate topics, feel free to give me a call. I look forward to hearing from you.