How to winterize an unoccupied home

Here are a few tips for winterizing an unoccupied home.

For a home to remain in top shape throughout the winter, it needs regular care and attention. When a space is occupied, many of the steps that need to be taken happen almost by default. For a property that is unoccupied, however, precautions will need to be taken beforehand to prevent any possible long term damage.

Here are a few important tips that will help you to winterize an unoccupied household:

  • Bring in a professional: Before packing up for the season, one of the first things you should do is bring in a plumber to take a look at the home's pipes. If there are any problems, such as a crack that has gone undetected, it will be dealt with before becoming a major disaster. They will also be able to winterize the entire plumbing system.
  • Check on the property: Even if you are not going to be in a space for an extended period of time, it is still important to check on it periodically. Unexpected things can come up, and an unoccupied space can be attractive to squatters or even burglars.
  • Close up any openings: You need to be diligent and close up any openings that lead into the home, including the dryer vent and chimney. Even the smallest space can be a way for animals or other pests to enter and take shelter in the household.

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