7 Things You Should Do to Prepare Your Listed Home for Winter

If you’ve put your home on the market and it’s currently vacant, there are seven things you should do to it to prepare it for winter.

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Let’s be honest—we’ve got snow coming. If you’ve got your home on the market and it’s currently vacant, there are seven things you need to do to prepare it for winter. 

1. Give a key to a neighbor or friend who’ll be checking in on the property. Neighbors are usually the better choice in this regard because they’re in close proximity to the house. If something happens to the heating system and it’s 20 degrees or colder out, you only have about 24 hours before you lose the whole house. 

2. Have the home winterized by a professional. This goes without saying. It might cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000, but how much will it cost you if the house freezes up? 

3. Add glycol to the heating system. This is something you should discuss with your boiler professional so they can advise you on whether or not this is a good idea, but glycol will at least keep your home’s pipes from bursting. 

Adding glycol to your heating system will help keep your home’s pipes from bursting.

4. Purchase or install a free alarm or a home monitoring system. There are a couple different things you can do with a freeze alarms. Some you can simply plug into the wall with a thermostatic switch and a light to notify your neighbor in case the temperature gets too cold. You can also get a Sensaphone. If you have questions about which one to buy, just email me and I’ll send you information about the one I like to use. 

5. Get your boiler cleaned and serviced by a professional. We have some great vendors we can recommend to get this done for you. 

6. Set your fuel on “autofill.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had sellers let their houses run out of fuel and let them freeze up. 

7. Advise any other companies with accounts or services related to your home that it will be vacant and on the market, including your insurance company. With a lot of policies, if you don’t let them know after a month or two that your home is vacant, your insurance won’t cover it if something happens. 

If you have any questions about preparing your home for the winter or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.