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Winterize Your Home with Small Fixes for a Cozy Season Indoors

Now that colder weather is moving into Ann Arbor, it's time to settle in with a stack of great books, or a few great movies. Before you do, be sure to plan ahead so that an easily avoidable home emergency doesn't ruin your hibernation! Just follow these simple tips, and enjoy a snug and comfortable home all winter long.

Super Quick Fixes

  • If you don't have smoke detectors, install them now. If you do have them, change the batteries and test the detectors to ensure that they're working properly.

  • Inspect your roof for missing or cracked tiles. If repairs are needed, get them before snow and ice force you to wait until spring.

  • Vacuum the coils on the back of your refrigerator. This will help your fridge work more efficiently, saving money on your power bills.

  • Flip your mattress. Turning your mattress regularly will extend its life.

  • Get your heating system serviced to ensure it's in good working order.

Things That Require a Little More Time, But Are Well Worth the Effort

  • Oil your power tools and, if you have a gas-powered lawn mower, drain the gas from it.

  • Check all taps for leaks. Pipes can burst if they freeze, so if you leave home for more than a few days, turn off the water and drain the pipes.

  • The cold doesn’t deter burglars so be sure to inspect your locks and any burglar alarms and consider using lighting timers for that lived in appearance.

Prepare an Emergency Kit So That These Things Are Within Easy Reach

  • A small tool bag with a flashlight, a roll of insulation tape, spare fuses, spare batteries, and a screwdriver

  • A small fire extinguisher

  • Important telephone numbers like the police, plumber, electrician, and your home insurance company

Winter weather is here, and Martin Bouma - your Ann Arbor expert – can help you find the perfect piece of Ann Arbor real estate. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the Bouma Group can answer any questions you have about real estate in Ann Arbor. Thinking of settling down in a Ypsilanti home, a Saline property, or the Hunters Ridge neighborhood? Call the Bouma Group today! And don’t forget to check out our Condo Hotline – we know the Ann Arbor condominium market better than anyone!

Posted Friday, November 19, 2010 by Martin Bouma