10 Simple Tips to Winterize Your Home

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID

This time of year, there are many things to take care of before the cold weather sets in! Don't forget these vital things on your list to eliminate damage and deferred maintenance.

I love Wayne's list. Also, when setting your clocks to daylight saving time, don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors!

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Original content by Wayne B. Pruner

10 Simple Tips to Winterize Your Home

Now that fall has almost ended, it's time to think ahead and prepare your home for winter. These simple tips can make your home more comfortable, reduce energy consumption, and go a long way to reducing any future repair costs.Tigard real estate agent

•1.       Clean your gutters and downspouts.  Debris can cause water backup and ice dams in some climates. Make sure your gutters drain away from the house.

•2.       Cover foundation vents to prevent cold air from getting under the house and freezing pipes. Remove the covers in the spring.

•3.       Add insulation if needed. Look in your attic. If you can see the beams, you need additional insulation. Check with your local utility to see if they offer any incentives for adding insulation.

•4.       Replace your furnace filter. Turn off the gas and electric and vacuum all accessible areas.

•5.        Turn off the water to any exterior water pipes or wrap them if they have no shut off valve.

•6.       Install your storm windows if you have single pane windows.

•7.       Seal and insulate your heating ducts. Crawl under the house and see if any ductwork has separated. Repair, seal, and insulate as needed. Use the "foil type" duct tape.

•8.       Inspect your doors. Replace any worn out thresholds and weather stripping.

•9.       Install a programmable thermostat. This can save you up to 20% of your winter heating costs.

•10.   Check your fireplace and chimney. Repair any cracks in the mortar and make sure the flue is clean and free of any bird or animal nests.


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Tigard real estate agent

Wayne B. Pruner, GRI, Realtor, Principal Real Estate Broker - Oregon First

Mobile phone: 503-891-0795

email:  waynepruner@oregonfirst.com

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Comments (6)

Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Don't forget to blow out the outside sprinkler system. Thanks for the tips.

Oct 30, 2010 05:04 PM
Cheryl Clayton
Westlake Village home buyers and sellers Thousand Oaks homes - Westlake Village, CA
Conejo Valley and Simi Valley Realtor

These are great tips! I'm sure glad we don't have to worry about snow here in SoCal!

Oct 30, 2010 05:06 PM
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

thanks for sharing something that we many times miss, keep doing this awesome work, take care !

Oct 30, 2010 05:10 PM
John Puplava
ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C. - Prescott, AZ
ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C.


You gave some good tips here.Keep up the good work Don

Oct 30, 2010 05:21 PM
Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

Thanks for the tips... I'm showing them to my husband who's getting ready for a cold winter in Pennsylvania.

Oct 30, 2010 05:24 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

We had a chilly week last week, but it's warming up again. It will be great for the Boise State Bronco victory over Hawaii this weekend!

Nov 02, 2010 04:25 PM