Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winterize Your Lexington, MA Home!

Prepare your Lexington, MA home for winter!
In the midst of holiday shopping, wrapping, cleaning and events, you may have overlooked the steps you should take to winterize your Lexington home. The cold temperatures and snow will be upon us soon! Take a few hours out of your day or upcoming weekend to prepare your Lexington home for the upcoming winter months.

As your Lexington real estate agent, I've summarized a checklist from RISMedia that you can work your way through:

  • Clean your gutters free of debris so nothing blocks the drainage.
  • Make sure your downspouts are directed away from the house and are also free of blockages.
  • Put away your outdoor patio furniture if you haven’t already. It could age or get damaged if left out in the cold, wind and snow.
  • Drain and store garden hoses inside a shed, garage or basement. Any water remaining in the hose will freeze and expand, causing it to burst.
  • Winterize your air-conditioning unit.
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Evaluate your home’s insulation, or hire a professional to do it. They can tell you where insulation needs a boost behind your walls or in the attic.
  • Boost insulation where needed. Energy-efficient foam insulation is cost-effective.
  • Seal air leaks around windows and doors. It’ll save you a lot of money on your energy bill!
  • Replace the air filter on your furnace.
  • Install storm windows if you have single-pane windows. This is another great way to keep the cold out.
  • Shift ceiling fans to clockwise motion, so they push the heat down and help warm up your rooms.
  • Learn how to prevent your pipes from freezing
For more tips, check out the RISMedia article in its entirety. Once you have this done, you can peacefully enjoy the holiday season and prep for your holiday parties, knowing that your Lexington home is safe, secure, warm and energy-efficient.

Ready to buy a Lexington home? Ready to sell your Lexington home? The holiday season is actually a great time to do so! According to Forbes, about one million consumers will purchase a home from November to January, taking advantage of softer home prices. At the same time, because there are fewer sellers on the market right now, you could gain an edge by selling right now.

Contact me, your Lexington real estate agent, for answers to all of your real estate questions, and to get started on achieving your goals in the Lexington real estate market. Happy holidays!

Theresa D'Antuono

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