Is It Time To Winterize Your Property?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs TX Broker 0513551

Time to Winterize Your Vacant Home

It’s that time of the year again! The record-breaking heat of the North Texas summer has given way to cooler fall temperatures. We’re all breathing a sigh of relief and enjoying the change of seasons.

The cooler fall temperatures will fade into winter. It’s not unusual for North Texas to experience freezing temperatures. While this might simply be an inconvenience to many of us, it can be a disaster if you have a vacant home.

If your vacant home is not heated, you really need to consider having the property winterized. The winterization process is relativity inexpensive (a couple of hundred dollars) and can save you thousands in damage and repairs that result from freezing pipes.

One local resource in the greater Dallas area is Kissee Inspections. Mark has winterized a number of vacant homes for us over the years and does quality work at reasonable prices. Mark is offering a Winterization Special. Click on the ad below for larger version.

Kissee Winterization Special

Don’t wait until we have that inevitable cold snap as the few contractors who do this kind of work will be swamped.



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Tammy Lankford,
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I need to take care of the outside water connections at my house.  We just have frost advisories, but freezes aren't far behind I'm sure.

Oct 29, 2011 02:35 AM #1
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Tom, We had our first hard frost last night.  My parents in West Virginia are getting up to 8 inches of snow.  Winter is coming, or already here depending on where you live :)

Oct 29, 2011 02:38 AM #2
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Great advice for those that have vacant listings!  

Oct 29, 2011 03:29 AM #3
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Bill,

North Texas usually avoids extreme cold. That said, it is known to get below freezing in the winter months and I've seen it stay below fereezing for days at least once a year. This is not what you want to see in your house:

Tom

Oct 29, 2011 03:37 AM #4
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Hello Tom! This is timely. We need to do so even here in Texas!

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Michelle Francis
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Tom, 

Great info & reminder.  It's just about to freeze in Atlanta, so we are making sure our few vacant properties are winterized.

All the best, Michelle

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I'm turning on HEAT in my VACANT properties this week - temp to 60s and I hope to have major MOVE-INs in the next few weeks....PROBLEM solved!

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