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  • Writer's pictureJonathon Walters

Winterize Your Wonderland: 5 Essential Steps to Prep Your Home for Winter

As the golden hues of autumn give way to the crisp whites of winter, every homeowner knows the importance of prepping their sanctuary for the colder months. At The Red Door Rentals, we're not just about providing you with exceptional rental and home buying experiences; we're also here to guide you through every season of home ownership.

Winter on a lake

Just as we ensure each of our properties is winter-ready, we believe in empowering our community with the knowledge to do the same. Dive into our essential guide on winterizing your home, and let's embrace the chilly season with warmth and confidence. With this guide you will be on your way to prep your home for winter!

Welcome to a cozy winter with The Red Door Rentals.

5 Essential Winter Prep Steps for Homeowners:

  • Inspect and Clean the Heating System: Before the cold sets in, ensure your furnace, boiler, or heat pump is in top working condition. Schedule a professional inspection and cleaning to avoid any mid-winter breakdowns.

Inspect and Clean Heating System
Inspect and Clean the Heating System

  • Seal Windows and Doors: Drafty windows and doors can significantly increase your heating bills. Check for any gaps or cracks and use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them. Consider investing in thermal curtains for added insulation.

A person sealing a window
Seal Windows and Doors

  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Fall leaves can clog gutters and downspouts, leading to ice dams in winter. Clean them out to ensure proper drainage and prevent potential roof damage.

A person removing debris from a gutter.
Clean Gutters

  • Protect Your Pipes: Insulate any exposed pipes in unheated areas to prevent them from freezing and potentially bursting. Also, know where your main water shut-off valve is in case of emergencies.

A person tightening a J Trap on a pipe.
Protect your Pipes

  • Prep Your Yard: Trim any overhanging branches that might break under the weight of snow. Store outdoor furniture, garden hoses, and tools in a dry place. Also, stock up on salt or sand for icy walkways and driveways.

A chainsaw cutting a fallen branch.
Prep Your Yard

Remember, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring a cozy and hassle-free winter at home!

Safety First:

At The Red Door Rentals, we champion both self-reliance and safety. While many winter preparation tasks can be tackled with a DIY spirit, it's crucial to recognize the boundaries of one's expertise. If you ever find yourself uncertain about a particular task or feel it might be beyond your skill set, we strongly encourage seeking the assistance of a professional. After all, the well-being of you and your home is paramount. Remember, there's no shame in calling in the experts; ensuring safety is always the best investment.

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