Real Estate Today Oct. 27, 2011
Are our homes ready for winter? Are we? I—for one—am not. When I saw the weather report last night, I thought of the myriad of things I haven’t done to get prepared.
How important is it? We have been enjoying this beautiful fall Indian summer, forgetting that snow is just around the corner. And winterizing is a wise undertaking if we want to protect our most costly asset.
We need to check out our appliances and heating systems—make sure they are in good working order, make sure the filters are clean or changed, check to make sure there is no leakage of deadly carbon-monoxide gas. We don’t want anyone to be a statistic.
We need to make sure that we have turned off and drained our outside sprinkling systems, removed the water hoses from the spigots, thus avoiding the surprise of a freeze-up and a flooded basement. We should insulate any pipes that are prone to freezing, make sure that the water meter is covered and insulated. We can avoid any potential damage by doing it now.
At this time of year the yard pests, spiders and insects are looking for a nice warm spot to nest through the winter. If we take a little time to caulk and seal chinks, gaps, etc., it will go a long way in preventing their entry. We should check our weather stripping at windows and door entries. Having adequate attic insulation will help to minimize heat loss and will reduce utility bills.
A clean yard will help to eliminate any mice or rodent infestation. It’s time to remove those wood and debris piles from around the house, check places in the foundation, and around doorways, window etc. where mice might find easy access. I for one like to have a good cat around.
A thorough cleaning of any wood-burning stove or fireplace will help to eliminate the potential of a chimney fire from the built up creosote. If we but follow a few basic tips we can have a safe and hazard-free winter. Until next week, keep smiling. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org