Top 10 Winterization Tips

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Our first two snowfalls came last week letting us know that winter is on its way and now is the time to prepare our homes for the upcoming snow season. Whether you live full-time in North Lake Tahoe or enjoy a second home here, everyone is readying for another great winter. If you do have a second home in North Lake Tahoe, a qualified Property Manager will make sure that when you and your guests arrive, you will enjoy yourself and not have to fret about the worries of second home ownership. Here are our top 10 tips for winterizing your home: 1. Prepare outdoor landscaping & outdoor surfaces · Wrap trees · Shut down irrigation · Prep driveway surfaces with a sealer 2. Contract with your local Snow Removal Company · We can recommend a few 3. If you have a wood burning fireplace or woodstove, order a wood supply · Clean out the chimney 4. Have an electrician install that ice melt system you’ve been wanting 5. Check to make sure your furnace is functioning properly · Replace furnace filters · Maintain your thermostat at 55 degrees or higher, never below 6. Check pipes to avoid freezing · Insulate any exposed pipes, make sure to check the garage! · Drain garden hoses · Again, maintain your thermostat at 55 degrees or higher, never below 7. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to push warm air in a downward direction 8. Replace batteries in: · Smoke detectors · Fire extinguishers · Carbon monoxide detectors 9. Seal windows, doors, cracks & crevices 10. Clean out gutters & clear debris from the sides of your home   Winter Photos

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