Winterizing Home Readiness – 6 Important Winterizing Tips

Winterizing Home Readiness – 6 Important Winterizing Tips

When it comes to your Oakland County Michigan home and its survival through our tough and blistering winter, you need to winterize your home. Hopefully you have already taken the steps to winterize your home and are one step ahead of this blog post and if not, this is sure to help you.

  1. Store patio furniture

Winter isn’t the time for barbecues and dining alfresco, so it’s important that you protect your grill and patio furniture in the winter months along with winterizing your home — that way, they’ll be ready to roll when the weather starts to warm.

Take your patio furniture and grill and put them into a nice storage area. This is especially important if you have aluminum patio furniture, which can rust once the snow hits. If you don’t have a place to store your grill and furniture (or if your furniture is made of a more durable material), you should at the very least cover it up to protect it from the winter elements.

  1. Empty and store hoses

You’ll also want to store your garden hoses before the temperature drops. If you leave your hoses as is, the water in them can freeze, which can cause holes and leaks.

Drain each of your garden hoses and store them inside until the spring.

  1. Protect your home from chilly winter air

One of the trademarks of winter is cold air, and if that cold air finds a way into your house, you’re likely to find yourself shivering no matter how high you turn up the heat.

It’s important to seal off your house to keep cold air from getting in. Look for any gaps in the walls or foundation and seal them with foam or caulk (you can also use caulk to seal any gaps around windows). If your home is notorious for being cold in the winter, you’ll also want to check the insulation. Your attic and basement should be insulated, and if the insulation is old or improperly installed, it can cause dropping temperatures in the colder months.

Redoing or adding insulation isn’t cheap, so if you’re unsure of whether your insulation needs an upgrade, consult an insulation professional and get an estimate.

  1. Get the right thermostat

One of the most important ways to protect your home in the winter is keeping it at the proper temperature. But “proper temperature” is relative; obviously, you’ll want your house warmer while you’re home, but it’s fine to turn down the heat while you’re out. But if you turn OFF the heat, you run the risk of the temperature dropping too low.

A programmable thermostat will allow you to control the temperature in your home at all times. You can program your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature when you leave, and raise the temperature before you get home so you get to return to a nice, toasty environment. Many of the new thermostats even connect to your smartphone, allowing you to control the temperature in your home straight from your mobile device.

  1. Switch to winter fabrics

When the winter chill kicks in, you’re going to want lots of warm, cozy fabrics to keep you warm. Replace your summer linens with more substantial fabrics, like velvet, fleece, or faux fur, to match the season. Put a throw or blanket in one of these fabrics in each room so you always have something on hand to wrap yourself up with when the temperature drops.

  1. Replace your furnace filter

Old, dirty filters will make your furnace less efficient, driving up your energy bills and making your home more difficult to heat. Replace your furnace filter this fall to ensure that your furnace is in tip-top shape when winter hits.

Colder temperatures are on their way, so it’s important to protect your home while you still have time. And with these winterizing tips, getting your home ready should be a cinch.

 

Energy Audit – 4 Things to Check For Your Winter Home Sale

Energy Audit – 4 Things to Check For Your Winter Home Sale

You are probably wondering why you need an energy audit for your home for sale in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Well, imagine getting an offer for your house with the buyer paying the exact asking price. You had a home inspection done and the report came back clean. As a good gesture, you included insurance for the appliances and agreed to pay for repairs for the next year. Fast forward two months and the house is sold. A few months later, you get a call from the owner that the HVAC system is not working properly. Upon their inspection, the new homeowner found out the duct has inadequate insulation, which is causing warm air to escape. Since you had promised them insurance for repairs, you need to get the duct work changed.

While the home inspector may be at fault here, it’s you who are supposed to pay for the repairs.

If you live in an area where snow makes it difficult for you to even back your car out from the driveway, then you need to take care of a few things before putting up the “For Sale” sign.

Following are four things you should do to make sure that your energy audit comes back at 100%:

1. Contact a Snow Plow Now

If your driveway and the pathway of your home for sale in Farmington Hills, Michigan are covered in snow, you will find that most people keep rescheduling the tour. Before the snow buries your car and makes it impossible for you to do anything but watch from your house’s window, better call a snow plow service. Sprinkle a little salt to keep the pathway clean for a longer period.

2. Schedule Furnace Service

Often companies from where you bought your HVAC system, give you free maintenance, twice a year. Schedule an annual maintenance checkup with the company and take advantage of it, as long as they are offering it free of charge. Contact your local electrician and plumber to come and have a look at the system, just to make sure that everything is working in order.

3. Plant Trees

A little greenery always increases the value of your home for sale in Farmington Hills, Michigan. From a small garden in the front yard to a vegetable bed in the backyard or a green roof top, you will find that the flora and fauna keeps your house cool. Make sure that you plant far away from the plumbing lines to avoid any drainage problems.

4. Get a Full House Energy Audit

From floorboards to windows and doors, get a professional audit to find out how your house can preserve more energy. Even small things such as caulking the space around baseboards will make a huge change. Tiny spaces such as these allow warm air to escape during winter, which is why you find yourself increasing the temperature.

Now you know why it is important to know whether your house falls high on the energy efficient scale or not. Highlighting green features in the contract allows you to increase the asking price of the house and justify it easily. Before putting your house on the market, why not get it ready for winter by experts. Visit Homes2MoveYou or give me a call anytime 248-790-5594.

 

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