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Oct 16, 2019

8 Best Practices to Winterize Your Summer Home

The weather is changing and it’s time to get your summer home into winter shape. Whether you’re a snow bird who is planning to head south for the winter or are closing up your summer cabin on the lake, then you know that there is a fair amount of work to be done before you leave your summer digs vacant for the next few months.

Not sure how to best prepare your warm-weather home for the impending winter season?

Check out our list of suggestions:

1.    Start with a list

Grab a pen and paper or open a note-taking app on your phone and start a list! Making a list is the best way to ensure you won’t forget anything. Walk around your home, both inside and out, and take note of everything you need to do before closing up for the summer.

2. Prep the kitchen

Clean out the refrigerator and empty the pantry of food. Make sure to also put away any items that could be a snack for bugs or vermin. This includes things like soap, sponges and trash.

3. Shut off water

One of the most important steps in winterizing your summer home is shutting off the main water line to your home. Turning off the water in your summer home will help you avoid damage that could be caused from frozen pipes.

4. Unplug electrical

Did you know that when electrical appliances are plugged in they continue to draw power, even if they’re turned off? Save yourself money and reduce the risk of fire by unplugging all electrical appliances before heading out for the winter.

5. Cool it down

Because no one will be living in your home, you don’t have to worry about keeping it a comfortable temperature! Turn the thermostat down to save yourself money. Just be sure to keep it above 55 degrees Fahrenheit to keep pipes from freezing up.

6. Fend off neighboring critters

Keep small animals such as squirrels and birds from entering your home by sealing your chimney. It also helps to do a once-over of your foundation and take care of problem areas.

7. Clean, clean and clean some more

If you’re planning to leave clothing or other cloth items such as bedding and towels, make sure to wash them and store them in rodent-proof containers. Leave drawers open to air out and wipe down all surfaces. This will make your return to your summer home much more relaxing and enjoyable!

8. Check up on your home

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your home, even when you’re not there. If possible, ask a family member or trustworthy neighbor to occasionally check up on your property. You may also consider investing in a home security system that will allow you to use an app to keep an eye on your home.

Keep your home protected year-round with a home insurance policy. Contact an agent today to learn more about home insurance options.