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10 Simple Tips to Winterize Your Home

Reblogger Teddy Lim
Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott Real Estate KMS


My friends! What an awesomely timely blog post from out community member Wayne over here! 

Have you ever had a pipe burst from one of your buyer's homes??? I can tell you - IT IS NOT a good feeling. Last winter 2010, one of the homes I sold had a pipe burst! Seattle was having one of the coldest winters and my buyers were just coming back from a snow bird vacation shortly after they received their keys during closing. 

Listen Mother Nature does what is best for Mother Nature so don't even mess with her when she's going thru her cycles! Make sure that you cross all of your t's and dot all his i's during the transaction and this winter season so that your clients are have the proper insurance coverage and that they have the right winterizing equipment at hand.

This will ensure a restful nights sleep not only for you but your clients as well! We'll talk soon my friends! 


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.


I can save you money on buying, selling, and owning a home in Tigard Oregon.

Tigard real estate agent

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

Mobile phone: 503-891-0795

email:  waynepruner@oregonfirst.com

website: http://www.TigardORHomes.com

Licensed in the State of Oregon

Jeana Cowie
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Paramus, NJ
Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES

Teddy, this is a good one. This is an excellent checklist for any homeowner.

Oct 30, 2010 06:05 PM
Teddy Lim
John L. Scott Real Estate KMS - Seattle, WA
The Best or Nothing

You're absolutely right Jeana! Regards from Seattle :-)

Oct 30, 2010 06:07 PM
Glenn Ritchie
First Team Real Estate - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - The OC.

I like your post Teddy re the 10 things one can do to get ready. But I have to say it doesn't apply to where I live on the West coast, but I get the drift. Boy, I didn't realize how much one has to prepare in those cold states. Saying that it makes me check off at least 5 off the list. Thanks for the reminder.     

Oct 30, 2010 06:11 PM
Sandy Wagner
RE/MAX Professionals 253.225.8322 - Gig Harbor, WA
Short Sale Specialist Tacoma, WA, and Gig Harbor,

A list I'm going to save, do, and pass along to my Sellers. Thanks for the post!

Oct 30, 2010 06:15 PM
Teddy Lim
John L. Scott Real Estate KMS - Seattle, WA
The Best or Nothing

@Glenn: My friend you are absolutely right about that! LOL you'd be pleased to know that most winters are quite mild up here in Seattle actually - definitely not midwest tempestuous. It definitely brings a nice contrast to the changing colors of the seasons; which are quite breath taking to witness when you take a step back and take notice! Warm regards from Seattle!    

Oct 30, 2010 06:24 PM
Teddy Lim
John L. Scott Real Estate KMS - Seattle, WA
The Best or Nothing

@Sandy: Yes ma'am! That last winter we had was no fun lol. Have a pleasant evening :-)

Oct 30, 2010 06:26 PM
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - 1000 Palms, CA
Real Estate Broker since 2008

Teddy... the best way to winterize your home is to live in Southern California.  ;-)

Oct 30, 2010 06:54 PM
Teddy Lim
John L. Scott Real Estate KMS - Seattle, WA
The Best or Nothing

@Cameron: LOL!! You got it my friend!! Regards from Seattle :-)

Oct 30, 2010 07:16 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

When buying a foreclosure or short sale, the buyer and the buyer's agent need to know that banks sometimes winterize homes after the pipes froze. Always inspect the plumbing even if the house was winterized.

Jun 09, 2018 10:23 AM