It's pretty cold here in Newton,Ia so our office goes above and beyond our scope of customer service.
When I say cold, it was -10 below this weekend.
The past few weeks we have gone to all our vacant homes which is plenty and put batteries in their thermostats to make sure they continue to work. We've found a couple homes that the furnaces weren't working and pipes were froze which eventually when it gets warm in the home your bound to have leaks when the pipes unthaw. Which leads to new sheetrock, sometimes flooring, painting the list goes on.
So if your a homeowner and it is vacant for the winter you might have some one check on it periodically or if it's on the market with a Realtor ask them if they can check it.
Another thing you might want to do if your home is vacant for the winter. Have some one winterize it that way you don't have to worry about your furnace going down or pipes freezing. In the end it could be a money saver for you.