Preparing Your Home for Winter

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Roof with iciclesIf you don't have your home in shape for winter by next week, it might be too late. Where I live in Sacramento, leaves are falling, maple trees are bursting into brilliant colors of red and orange and the last tomato has been plucked off the vine.

What I haven't done is clean out the gutters and tuckpoint the exterior of our chimney. Well, when I really think about it, I haven't fertilized the camellias or rose gardens, either. But the garden tools have been cleaned and buffed dry, the lawnmower has been drained, and my new screen doors have been installed, primed and painted.

In actuality, there is much less to do to winterize a home in Sacramento than, say, Minneapolis. I still have a picture in my mind of my husband pushing our snowblower down the street to the shop six blocks away, huffing and huffing.

Although I love to visit places where it snows, I'm thrilled I don't have to remove screens and replace them with storm windows or the dozens of other tasks necessary in a place where it snows. No sidewalks to shovel, no sub-zero temperatures to bundle up for and no surprises that my driveway has been blocked by huge snow banks pushed into place by the city snow plows.

 How about you? Have you prepared your home for winter yet? You've still got a bit of time. Check out my tips for winterizing your home

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Hi Elizabeth,

Hmmm, I'm in Florida now.  Used to live in Mass and I must say I don't miss those days...thanks for the post. 

October 28, 2007 06:52 PM
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Yea you right.  I only have to wrap the pipe just in case of a freeze.
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Hi Wayne: Well, my husband misses the "adversity." I don't need adversity in the form of snowstorms. There's enough adversity in the world, thank you, very much. Although my Minnesota mother used to say the cold weather froze her face and kept her looking young. Or maybe she stole that line from a Mary Tyler Moore show.

Hi John: If you don't have time to wrap the pipes, you can always leave the water trickling, and that will also prevent your pipes from freezing.

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