It's that time of the year when neighborhoods of all sizes are lit up with spectacular lights. Have you seen the ones that are choreographed to music? What's the biggest inflatable you've
Getting Your Home Ready For Winter
The key to a manageable winter is to prepare your home early. Being proactive will not only keep you warm for less money, but also keep you safe. Here are some tips for keeping the inside of your home warm, safe & dry during the winter.
1. Weatherize Windows & Doors: Cold Air loves to come through windows & doors, making us all shiver & heating costs to rise. Combat the chill by checking and replacing any worn weather stripping or caulking any cracks. (if you'd like a recommendation for a handyman to help with your windows, I can suggest several!)
2. Be sure Fireplace isn't a fire hazard: check your fireplace and flue system to ensure that it's clean of any soot or ashes and that there aren't any cracks that could be a fire hazard. Also check the fireplace for drafts. If it's cold despite the damper being closed, the damper itself may need to be repaired or replaced. (if you need a great chimney sweep, just let me know!).
3. Check your heating system: It's a good idea to have your furnace cleaned & checked annually to be sure it's heating efficiently and safely. If you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs (Have you checked out the new remote controlled options?)
4. Block the drafts: cold air will take advantage of any opportunity to sneak in. Place foam insulating sheets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to reduce airflow. Check for exposed ducts in attic, basement and crawl spaces and use a sealant to plug any leaks or cracks.
Laura Collins epitomizes hard work, dedication and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. She grew up in northern Vermont, went to the University of Virginia and was then of....