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Home Winterization Tips

By Erika George & Kari McGee, November 7, 2019

As our Pacific Northwest winter weather approaches, it’s important to take some preventative measures to protect you and your home. Winterizing is a task that can help save you money on energy bills, increase the comfort of your home and can be relatively inexpensive.

Then if you are having radiators fitted it’s also very important to get your electric radiator installation done professionally as that will be much safer and likely give a better performance too.

Here are some helpful tips:

 

Be Prepared

  • Purchase a snow shovel now, so you’re ready before winter weather arrives.
  • Have rock salt/deicing agents on hand.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable food supplies, blankets and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget food for any pets!
  • Double check the operation of smoke detectors, CO detectors and fire extinguishers.

 

Heating System

  • Replace filters in your home’s HVAC system to increase efficiency. You can click to read more to find an efficient HVAC system.
  • Test run your heating system in advance.
  • Hire a certified technician to inspect and maintain your furnace.
  • Reverse ceiling fans so that they force warm air downwards.

 

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect, secure and repair any loose or leaking gutters.
  • Install leaf guards to keep falling leaves and debris out of gutters.
  • Trim back tree branches and shrubs from the home.

 

Plumbing and Faucets

  • Drain and turn off outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Install insulating covers to exterior faucets.
  • Inspect exposed plumbing (particularly in older homes) in areas like basements or crawl spaces that may not be insulated.
  • Add pipe insulation as needed to prevent them from bursting.
  • Consider adding a sump pump in basements that are prone to moisture.

 

Doors and Windows

  • Inspect doors and windows to ensure there aren’t any gaps.
  • Caulk or apply weatherstripping around problem areas.
  • Install double paned windows or apply plastic film to increase energy efficiency.

 

Roofing, Chimneys and Decks

  • Inspect your roof and replace any damaged shingles or flashing.
  • Make sure your chimneys and wood stoves are cleaned early in the season.
  • Give your deck a new coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.

 

Thanks Julie Fisher, business development representative at First American Title, for sending us these home winterization tips!

Kari + Erika

Principal Broker | Broker-Esquire

The HouseLovePDX Team fuses comprehensive real estate knowledge and legal expertise in the dynamic landscape of Portland, Oregon.

Realtor Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts. Principal Broker Kari McGee is an eight year Portand Monthly 5-star realtor, and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market since 2005. Erika and Kari are also certified iRep™ agents and can help you evaluate the new iBuyer instant offer options in the greater Portland area. Regardless of the market or your particular circumstances, these highly skilled real estate agents will ensure that your goals become your reality. WHAT WE KNOW We know that real estate is not a one size fits all endeavor. It’s easy to find real estate data on the internet these days, but it’s what we do with the data that counts. HouseLovePDX provides a thoughtful and proactive analysis of current market data for every one of our clients: We know that small details can make a big difference. We consider factors you may not be aware of when buying a house, selling a condo or planning an ADU. From open permits to missing credits on escrow statements, these issues can cost you money. Let us guide you through the real estate process, from big picture dreams about your future home to the nitty gritty of contract negotiation. We know that your “why” often comes before your “how” in real estate. We take extra time with our clients to fully understand all the reasons why you want to make a move to, from or within the Portland area. We use this insight as the key to develop a comprehensive plan for you. Don’t be surprised if we start our meetings by delving deep into your real estate knowledge, your past experiences, your goals and your dreams! WHAT WE LOVE It’s a privilege to help a client sell a beloved home and move on to the next chapter of life. We love seeing Portland, neighborhood by neighborhood, through the eyes of someone who is new to the area and full of excitement. As Northwest natives who grew up together (we’re cousins!), our love for Portland runs deep. And we adore the the moment when a buyer walks into a house and we all know it’s the one: aka HouseLove! We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612 karianderika@livingroomre.com
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