Save Money & Protect Your Investment: Winterize!
Wintertime in Colorado is infamous for broken pipes, invading pests or below-zero nights when the furnace suddenly fails to function. Winterize your home now to prevent unexpected surprises and save money on rising energy costs.
Protect – check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Confirm that you have a carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of every bedroom.
Prepare – disconnect and drain garden hoses. Blow out the sprinkler system. Clean your gutters and look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house’s foundation, where it could cause flooding or other water damage.
Maintain – have your furnace serviced annually and check your filter every month through the winter. Check your air ducts for kinks, disconnections and accumulated dirt and debris. Ducts should be vacuumed once every few years, to remove allergens and impeded air flow. Get the chimney cleaned. Program your thermostat to lower the temperature about 10 degrees through the household’s sleeping hours.
Inspect & Insulate – evaluate the insulation in your attic and around your pipes. Check your foundation, windows and doors for cracks, leaks and drafts. Insulating and sealing your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a home more comfortable and energy-efficient.
Stock Up – on snow salt, emergency supplies, and even a gas-powered generator if you live in a remote or sparsely populated area. If you have a snow blower, make sure that you have gas and that the blades are in good working order. Confirm that your snow shovel is in good shape. You don’t want to be one of the unfortunate souls who scramble to find a bag of salt or a new shovel on the eve of the first blizzard of the season.
Taking these preventative measures will not only help you avoid property damage and wasted energy costs, but will also give you a leg up when it comes time to sell. It is a very competitive market out there, and first impressions matter. Letting go of little things could take your house out of the running for some home buyers. If we can assist you or someone you know with preparing a home for sale, please contact us at 303.539.5228 or Info@StellerRealEstate.com.