I know that buying or selling a home is one of the most important decision you will ever make and I want to help make that experience as smooth and successful as possible. I build my business on Trust. You are trusting me with one of the most important things you will ever do, and I want to prove I am worth that trust. Part of that is to do all I can to be the best agent available. I work in the following areas NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, SURF CITY, TOPSAIL BEACH, SNEADS FERRY, HOLLY RIDGE, and JACKSONVILLE.
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How to Winterize your home
1. Adjust your thermostat. We like it nice and chilly inside during those summer months, but before you close your beautiful vacation home, change that thermostat to HEAT! It doesn't need to be toasty (or even livable!), but you do want to leave the heat set to around 50 - 55 degrees or so to prevent pipes from freezing. Leaving air in circulation will also help to prevent mold from growing.
2. Shut off the water at the main "shut-off valve" in your house. If your pipes DO freeze, having the water-main shut off will keep the damage from being too extensive. You may also want to turn on all your faucets and drain your toilets of water. Keeping the faucets turned "on" will also help to prevent pressure building up in the pipes which can cause them to burst. Pipes burst as the water expands with changing temperatures. A plumber can help you with winterizing your pipes if you are unsure how to do this yourself.
3. Turn off your gas line to prevent a gas leak, or other gas related incident - such as a fire.
4. Baton down the hatches! Our area is prone to nasty storms. If your home is in a particularly vulnerable area: use storm windows, close the shutters, secure plywood over windows, and bring indoors all outside furniture and decorations. Make sure that all the windows are completely closed and locked. Check each one carefully; any window that is open even a tiny crack can let rain into your home, causing mold or rot.
5. Unplug all electronics. Unused electronics still use "phantom energy," so this is a great way to save on cost, but it also protects the house from an appliance shorting out and causing a fire. This also prevents a power surge from ruining your appliances.
6. Have someone check on your home regularly. Make sure someone you trust is aware of your move, and can keep an eye on your property. Don't forget to let this person (or people) know if you schedule any maintenance or work to be done, so they don't think you're being robbed!
7. Have your sump pump inspected. Make sure it functions properly. Backed up plumbing is not a fun way to begin the warm season!
8. Close the damper or flue on your fireplace. This prevents water or animals from finding their way into your home.
9. Double check that your gutters are clean and clear of debris. Clogged gutters can cause roof damage and leaks.
10. Clean thoroughly before you leave. Spring cleaning is great - but mostly unnecessary if you do it before you close your home for the winter!
11. Arm your security alarm. If you have a security system, ensure that is working and engaged when you leave! Otherwise, double check that all door locks are in working order - and be sure not to leave any valuables behind!