Tips to Get Your Bend Home Ready for Winter

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

For those of us who lived through the winter of 2017 in Central Oregon, we remember how winter weather can be hazardous to your home. When the temperature drops and snow accumulates, having prepared your home can ensure you and your property remain safe and warm throughout the winter.

Here are some of the best tips to get your home ready for winter:

  1. Blow out sprinklers and turn the system off.
  2. Store hoses in the garage and install covers over your outdoor faucets.
  3. Store patio furniture in dry location.
  4. Seal cracks around doors and windows.
  5. Clean your rain gutters and ensure they are working well.
  6. Have your roof and chimney inspected by a professional and the chimney cleaned.
  7. Make sure your attic space is sufficiently insulated to help avoid heat loss and ice dams.
  8. Have your furnace serviced.
  9. Prune your bushes and trees and clean up any yard debris.
  10. Drain and refill your hot water heater.
  11. Install foundation vent covers and keep them on throughout the winter.
  12. Lube your garage door moving parts.
  13. Tune up your electrical panel.
  14. Clean your dryer vents.
  15. If your property has been prone to ice dams in the past, consider installing heating strips on the roof eaves.
  16. Line up snow shovels and snow blowers early.
  17. Have window scrapers, gloves and snow boots ready to go.
  18. Make sure you have sufficient batteries, flashlights and lanterns in the event of a prolonged power outage.
  19. When the snow starts falling, keep your roof from accumulating too much snow which can result in ice dams. 

Although heavy snow accumulation in Bend is not a normal occurrence, we have had a couple of exceptional winters in the last few years. Heavy snow can happen again. But by preparing for it ahead of time, the need to mitigate its impact on your home can be greatly diminished and your enjoyment of winter significantly increased.

Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate.

Comments (4)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Those pictures scare me I will have to show Diane when she is thinking of moving back to cold country:))Endre

Oct 20, 2020 10:01 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Lynnea.

Looking at the video, just reaffirms I'm happy where I am.  

Oct 21, 2020 12:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding November.

Nov 02, 2020 12:00 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Roy Kelley .  Although it is 70 degrees today, we are expected to have snow flurries by Friday. The weather is changing and it is time to get ready for winter!

Nov 02, 2020 01:38 PM

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