Winterizing your home

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage

Winterizing your home, yes we have to ……..  although, the last couple of days have been ’balmy’ here in Toronto, Ontario, comparatively speaking of course; the cold weather will soon be here, for sure.

Winterizing your home now, before the weather turns really cold will save you money!

It is best to start with the easy maintenance work.

Check the furnace –the filter should be clean, the thermostat should be working efficiently and the pilot light working properly. Efficiency can be maintained by having the filter replaced regularly, every two months or as needed.

 

If there are any problems detected, then it is best to bring in the experts.

Furnace

 

Check the chimney and have it cleaned as required and screened if necessary. You do not want any critters making their home in there.

 

Fireplaces and woodstoves tend to have accumulated soot and other debris, which must be cleaned, before winter sets in; to avoid problems and have a clean environment.

 

Fireplace

 

Now is aslo a good time to check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries, as needed.

 

Duct cleaning has to be done, if needed. This is one job that is best left to the professionals.

 

Look over the entire house; looking for areas where cold air can get in and the inside heat can get out. Insulation of the attic, basement and exterior walls is important. Pay attention to doors and windows that let in the cold air and the heat out, the caulking has to be re-enforced, if there are any cracks. Taking care of these issues can definitely reduce heating costs.

 

Clean the gutters and downspouts to prevent clogging, stagnation and an unhealthy environment. Also, any outside hoses should be disconnected and stored away and do not forget to insulate any outdoor faucets.

 

Always be safe and if you do not have the expertise to winterize your home, contact a professional and have the experts ie: contractors that specialize in that particular work requirement, do the job, if necessary. And, do check them out with the Better Business Bureau, before signing any contract or letting them start work on your house. 

 

 

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Real Estate Agent serving clients for the Toronto Downtown and Toronto Waterfront Area.

Residential and Investment Properties.

Rosalind Nicholas, ACCA,SRS,REALTOR®

e-mail:   Rnicholas@trebnet.com     Tel: 416 918 1972

RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage, Toronto, ON, Canada.

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Comments (4)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

It is time to winterize our home here in the North East.  Mother nature arrived way to early with the Snowtober storm.  It caught everyone off guard.

Nov 09, 2011 01:48 PM
Rosalind Nicholas
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON

Joan, Yes I did hear about your early snowstorm, in the news.

Nov 09, 2011 01:56 PM
Lang Premier Properties
Lang Premier Properties - Clawson, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Group

Thank you for your post about winterizing...  I have been looking for some inspiration to write my own blog for winterizing for the Oakland County MI residents.  

Winter seems to come earlier every year, and most of us just are not prepared as we should be - myself included!

Thank you and good luck to you in Toronto!  

Nov 11, 2011 07:04 AM
Rosalind Nicholas
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON

Benjamin, Thank you for stopping by to comment.  Toronto has had no snow yet …… however, just to the North of us, they had snow today!

Nov 11, 2011 07:23 AM