‘Tis the season! Even with the holidays approaching and making sure we’re getting everyone crossed off our list; there are still some minor maintenance tips that should be crossed off your list at home as we head in to the new year.
- Check the inside of bathroom vanities and kitchen sink cabinets for any moisture or other signs of leaks. See my tips for avoiding frozen pipes in winter.
- Inspect the operation of automatic light timers and motion-detector systems, especially if you plan on traveling for the holidays.
- Have a bag of ice melt handy just in case. After you snow blow and shovel, there can be an icy layer left and just a handful of snow melt can be the difference between a safe or icy staircase.
- Watch out for pests seeking shelter from the cold. Mice can get inside your home through a dime-sized hole. Even unheated areas like a basement or garage invite unwanted guests.
- Properly cover your wood or pellets if they’re stored outside. Wet wood is harder to burn and get started. Stacking wood in opposite directions can help for more air flow to reduce holding moisture in.
- Gather and organize warranty paperwork on appliances or new Christmas gifts that come with registration paperwork. Filing today will save you a lot time and hassle if the time comes that you need the warranty paperwork on that awesome new vacuum.
- Keep Branches, snow and ice away from windows. Icy weather can cause branches to damage your home and windows and that’s the last thing you’ll want to deal with during a winter storm
If you have any questions about winter home maintenance or anything related the Tahoe area this winter, please feel free to call. I always love hearing from you!