This is really important if you are selling a home, renting out property, or even for your own house. Prepping for winter can save you money as well as make a difference to a buyer! What can you do to help keep out those winter blues?
1. Replace Air Filters:
Get rid of the old and bring in the new! It helps refresh the house as well as make it not work so hard to keep it warm. This is a big money saver for you and some great information you can pass on to home buyers who love to save some money.
2. Check Your Thermostats:
If the thermostat is only, you can guarantee you are loosing some money there. Also make sure it’s running properly! Thermostats that allow you to control the temperature by time settings can also be a great budget friendly option. While you aren’t home or while you are sleeping, lower the temperature so you aren’t wasting any heat! If you are selling a property set it a lower temperature and let Realtors know they need to turn it up in advanced to showing a home!
3. Clear Away Those Vents:
Make sure there is nothing blocking the vents and clean them out!! The more room they have to breath, the better heat circulation you are going to get.
4. Insulate Exposed Pipes:
Check your basement, make sure there aren’t any pipes that are exposed. A frozen pipe can do some serious damage as well as be a huge cost in the long wrong. Insulated pipes are a cheap fix that can really save you later!
5. Outdoor Faucets and sprinklers:
Be sure to drain them before you turn them off! Take of the hoses and add a thermal cover for the winter.
6. Check for any leaks or cracks that might need to be sealed off:
Winter can bring a lot of wet heavy mess as well as serious cold winds. Those tiny cracks can make a difference if they are letting in cold air and a small leak can become a major one if not taken care of properly.
It gets dark earlier and it’s important that things are well lit so you can see! Check to make sure your house has great interior lights throughout and stock up on those light bulbs!
8. Check in periodically:
If you have a home for sale or rental that’s empty, check in periodically to make sure everything is running smoothly and there’s no fixes necessary!