5 Tips for Winterizing a Vacant Home
When selling your home during the winter months, there are many things to consider. But when you have already vacated the home and can’t run over before and after each showing, there are a few things you will need to do to have your home ready.
- Winterize the plumbing. Turn off the main water valve, drain the pipes, and put saran wrap over the toilets to keep people from using it and sewer gases from exiting. A frozen pipe can burst and create unlimited damage to a home.
- Hire a snow removal company. Keep the driveway plowed and the sidewalks cleared. Potential buyers can’t view your home if they can’t get to the front door.
- Keep the Flooring Clean. Have a large rug by the door and a sign asking people to remove their boots/shoes. It’s also a good idea to have a roll of paper towels handy for a quick wipe down.
- Lower the thermostat. Save energy, but keep it warm enough so that potential buyers don’t see their breathe when viewing the home.
- Have a trusted friend or neighbor handy. It’s wise to have someone check on the home periodically to make sure lights are turned off, mud isn’t tracked through, the furnace is working properly, all doors are locked, etc.
Following these simple steps can help alleviate some of the worry when leaving your home vacant. This winter has been particularly cold and snowy throughout most of the country and especially here in Ann Arbor. It hasn’t seemed to slow down the real estate market, as we’ve listed more homes in January than ever. To find out more about how The Bouma Group can help get your Ann Arbor home sold, no matter what time of year, give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email email@example.com today!
Winterizing Tips for Your Ann Arbor Home
With the glorious fall Southeast Michigan experienced this year, and more warm days than cold, it’s hard to believe it’s time to think about winterizing your Ann Arbor Home. But the frigid days are just around the corner, and an occupied house still needs a few important tasks completed. Here are a few tips to get your home winter ready.
- Exterior Spigots. Turn off the water from the inside, turn on the spigot outside to drain, disconnect and put away your hose. A burst pipe can wreak havoc and the cold weather will crack your hose.
- Air Conditioner. If your unit has a shut off valve, turn it off and drain any hoses. Remove window units and store.
- Sprinkler System. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, have the lines blown out. Simply draining it can leave water in the pipes which will freeze and cause damage.
- Clean Gutters and Downspouts. Make sure leaves aren’t clogging your gutters and downspouts, hampering water flow. Ice dams can form in blocked drains and water can back up and freeze causing damage to your roof and home.
- Heating System. Replace your filter and get your furnace tuned up. Many companies offer free annual check-ups. If there are any problems you can address them now before temperatures drop.
- Thermostat. Reprogram your thermostat so it is turned down when no-one is home and at night. This will save you money on your heating bill.
- Reverse Ceiling Fans. Most ceiling fans have a switch that reverses the blade direction. By doing this, warm air is pushed downward and recirculated keeping the room more toasty.
- Wrap Pipes. Frozen pipes are the last thing you want. If you have pipes that run through unheated areas, be sure those have an insulating wrap protecting them. Likewise, interior pipes that feel warm to the touch should also be wrapped to save energy.
Do you have anything to add to the list? Please leave a comment with your winterizing tip! For more home maintenance tips, or to find out what your Ann Arbor home is worth in today’s market, give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to check our Ann Arbor real estate blog regularly for market updates, subdivision reports, current mortgage rates, community events and more!