Preparing for a Minot North Dakota Winter.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

Our growing season is at it's end and I am going to miss the beautiful colors of summer. Soon we will harvest the last of our garden produce and tilling everything under.

Here are a few older videos I had done that you who are new to the area may find useful, especially those who have never lived in a cold climate before. The videos include:

Preparing window AC units

Choosing the right shovel

Prepare for a HUGE humidity change

At the bottom of the post is a word about hoses: leave them on the spigot and you WILL end up with plumbing damage.

And finally a word about hose and spigots. 

You MUST remove your hose from the spigot or I guarantee you that when the weather turns bitter cold your pipes will freeze just inside the outside wall and they usually burst. If that happens you are going to have a flooded basement unless you are quick to catch it and turn the water off at the master valve... leaving NO water for the entire home. It is also a good idea to be sure there is no water left in the hose or when it freezes there is a good chance that the hose will burst.

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Comments (7)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- good information for preparing for the winter weather. I am very happy that we don't have to worry about that unless we have a hard freeze (like February 2021)

Sep 17, 2022 01:39 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I doubt I will ever know/experience the joy of a winter without a freeze here on Earth but I look forward to experiencing it eventually Kathy Streib 😇.

Sep 17, 2022 07:41 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... so what's a window unit AC? :))) I don't believe I actually own a shovel. But I do disconnect my hose which is rarely used since we have in-ground irrigation. And that can wait for a while here to be done... next week we are expecting 90 degree temperatures again.

Sep 18, 2022 04:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It's good for people to start planning for winter now, especially if you're in North Dakota or other colder climates. We've been stacking up kindling, looking into adding a new heat source for our workshop, and yes, pulling some plants from the ground. I'm not really ready for colder weather though - the summers are amazing! But next month I'll probably get my studded tires on. Sigh.

Sep 18, 2022 05:02 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good morning Nina Hollander, Broker , it's nice waking up with you. When a home does not have central air conditioning in it an affordable way to get around a furnace install with AC is to get a removable unit that sits in a window. We use two to cool our whole house.

We too are going to experience a short rebound of temps in the 80's but it will be very short lived.

Sep 18, 2022 06:03 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Funny you would mention the tires Kat Palmiotti as I just purchased tires this week... $800.00 and I felt like I got by cheap. Last winter I got stuck a couple times. Not good when you have 20" tires and four wheel drive but I am all set now. 😊

Sep 18, 2022 06:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bob... while we have many homes in Charlotte built before central AC was a thing, most have been converted. It's rare for me to see a window unit in a home here.

Sep 18, 2022 06:26 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Not so rare here Nina Hollander, Broker although as you said the majority of homes do have central air. I think it also has a lot to do with our summers being shorter and cooler here that a lot of people don't want to pay for the upgrade of central air.

Sep 18, 2022 04:33 PM