Winterize Checklist!

Winterize to Protect Your Home

Winterize Your Home Now With a Checklist to Save on Maintenance Cost!

When preparing for winter’s arrival, most people immediately think how to winterize their car like snow tires and protection from wet and icy roads. However, what about your home, do you need a checklist to winterize your home also?

Although you may take great care to winterize your car with snow tires, anti-freeze, wiper fluid, flashlights and blankets, what kind of prevention have you taken to winterize your house.

If you winterize your properly home, it can easily become a source of both property and liability claims. If you do not winterize your home, plumbing that can become very costly to fix and replace that get water damaged.

Something simple to do is winterize your windows can have a big effect on your winter energy bill.

Take steps to bring your home up to par before the first snowflake falls. First, make sure your Insurance coverage is adequate to minimize the risk of a wintertime claim:

Winterize Checklist

  • Is your homeowner’s coverage sufficient?

    •  If you recently upgraded your house, it may not be sufficiently covered.

  • Do you have adequate vacation property coverage?

    • What if someone uses the property in your absence and is injured?

    • Will your coverage pay for damage that may occur while it is unattended all winter?

  • Do you own a snowmobile?

    • Many high-end snowmobiles require insurance beyond what most homeowners think about.

  • Are you planning a winter vacation that requires expensive items such as fine jewelry for a trip to France, or snow skis and equipment for Vail?

    • Be sure your personal property endorsements measure up.

  • How will your college student do this winter?

    • Is he/she renting an off-campus town home? If so, you should think about liability insurance for that dwelling, as well as all the winter hazards that apply to the family home.

Next, think about minimizing wintertime hassles, and avoiding needless costs. Dangers and damage can be avoid with a thought out checklist.

How to winterize a home not occupied can really save you money. Get with us to do a walk-through so all the bases are covered.

Checklist to Winterize Your Home

  • Take time to clean or replace heating filters before turning the systems on.

    • Make sure your units have been professionally serviced. If you don’t have smoke alarms, install them now. You may also want to consider carbon monoxide alarms.

  • Inspect and winterize your storm doors and windows.

    • Cracked gaskets or cracked glass? Make the repairs.

    • Remove or cover and seal window air conditioning units until spring.

  • Examine the sidewalk in front of your house and all walkways and handrails to make certain they are in good repair.

    • Maneuvering through snow and ice is hard enough without having to step gingerly on broken pavement or to remember not to grasp shaky handrails. Also, having everything in good repair may help limit your liability in the event of a mishap.

    • Is your snow blower and other snow removal equipment in good working order? Do you have a Winterize and De-Winterize checklist for all your equipment?

  • Hire neighborhood or get a Property Maintenance Winterize Package to clear your walkways if you are unable to do it yourself.

    • Keeping walkways clear will help ensure that no one is seriously injured on your property by winter weather conditions.

    • If you are going to be away for an extended period of time by doing this will give the impression that someone is around so burglars will not be a likely to target your home.

  • Check around doors and windows for cracks.

    • If you find small gaps, fill them in with caulk. Consider hiring a contractor if bigger problems surface.

  • Remove leaves, acorns, sticks and other debris from gutters before the first freeze.

    • This will ensure that heavy winter rains and snow melt can flow freely and not damage your roof or walls. You may also wish to install gutter guards to keep all that debris from getting into the gutters next year.

  • Survey your plantings.

    • If snow-covered branches would endanger any part of your house or cars, you can winterize them simply by trimming them back. Consider the walkway, too, so pedestrians will not risk injury while walking in front of your house during or after a storm.

  • Examine the insulation in attics, crawl spaces, and basements.

    • If too much heat is escaping, it can cause ice and snow to melt too quickly to be properly carried away. If the melt off seeps into the roofing, it can cause significant damage or even collapse. If the insulation in your basement or crawl space is sufficient for your climate, you can avoid the inconvenience and damage of frozen or burst pipes. In unfinished spaces with pipes running through them, such as garages, Winterize them by wrapping the pipes with heating tape.

  • During the winter, set interior temperatures to at least 65 degrees.

    • Letting indoor temperatures drop below 65 degrees could risk pipes freezing behind the walls.

  • Learn where shut-off valves are for all plumbing.

    • Include both the valves within each room and the main valve. If your pipes do freeze, the more quickly you turn off the water, the less chance of pipes bursting.

  • And last but not least, take similar precautions with your vacation home.

    • Make sure all pipes are drained and the toilet empty so expanding ice cannot crack the porcelain. For peace of mind winterize them by putting anti-freeze in them after draining. When considering to winterize your home, the effort to prevent problems before they occur is well worth the expense!

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