Preparing your Home for Winter

As the temperature continues to drop, now is the time to prepare your home for winter. Along with the holiday season comes snow, cold winds, and potentially damaging weather. It’s easy to neglect these tasks, but failing to properly prepare your home can be costly!
Protect your investment and make sure your winter season is pleasant and comfortable by taking the time to review and execute the following steps:

▢ Check your HVAC system. Replace filter if needed.
▢ Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If your home is not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, consider getting some.
▢ Keep the trees trimmed and remove dead branches and debris from your yard.
▢ Remove all attached garden hoses, drain them and store them away.
▢ Stow your lawn mower and other outdoor power equipment. Make sure to drain the gas.
▢ Cover or store your patio furniture.
▢ Shut off outdoor faucets and insulate your pipes.
▢ Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with steps and handrails.
▢ Prevent ice dams by cleaning out your gutters, installing gutter guards (if feasible) and making sure the attic floor is properly insulated. The attic itself should be well-ventilated and about 10 degrees warmer than outside.
▢ Test your sump pump.
▢ Seal leaky doors & windows.
▢ Winterize your garden beds and put away all tools and outdoor pots.
▢ Consider putting snow tires or chains on your vehicle.
▢ Prepare an emergency kit. Idaho winters can be brutal, and we want you to be prepared. Learn more about what to include, here.

To all of you homeowners out there, we wish you a safe and enjoyable winter. Boise just received the first snow of the season, so now is the perfect time to start checking items off of your list! As always, please contact our Yes You Can program coordinator, Terry Graves, if you are thinking about buying or selling your home.

Happy holidays, and stay warm!

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