Yes, winter is here…& has been for a few months. But, it’s never too late to scoop up some winterizing tips! Prep now & save yourself a headache.
Are you selling & have a vacant house to winterize? Below are some tips, particularly for sellers, that may come in handy.
- gather a list of who to call when needed (heating and pluming company, insurance company, etc…)
- shut the water off
- throw some anti freeze in the toilets
- watch fridges and freezers – remove perishable food!
- keep the propane full
- don’t shut the electric off
- check thermostats for battery power & make sure they’re set properly
- have someone shovel or plow & salt for showings
- check to be sure windows are closed & locked properly (often times double hung windows aren’t closed properly)
- call your insurance company & let them know when the property will become vacant, inquire when & if the coverage won’t work anymore
- last, but not least, put bills on auto pay if you’re vacating – that way the services won’t just stop if a bill isn’t paid
Additionally, use the following tips if you vacation for the winter, for a camp or cabin used seasonally or even have a rental property. Of course, for those selling, these tips work too.
Courtesy of www.angieslist.com:
- set thermostat at 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent frozen pipes
- open faucets so that there isn’t pressure build up
- consider storm windows or plywood to cover windows for weather reasons &/ or close shutters
- put away patio furniture & accessories (grills, pots, hoses, etc…)
- unplug appliances & electronics
- contact post office to stop mail
- make sure sump pump is working properly
- shut all fireplace flues
- gutters should be clear of debris
- take live plants with you when you leave (that goes for pets too, such as fish!)
- clean everything & remove trash
- set alarms, if applicable
- most importantly, don’t forget to lock up!
Courtesy of www.bobvila.com:
- fiberglass insulation works well for basements, garages & drafty spots
- utilize window covering kits to keep warm air in & cold air out
- caulk loose spots or holes in seams around windows & doors inside & outside
- use weather stripping
- finally, double check HVAC systems to be sure everything is in working order
DISCLAIMER: this list is comprised of winterizing suggestions. Check with your heating company, plumbing company, insurance agency, etc… for proper/precise protocol.