Winterize Your Home with this Checklist

Everything you need to know to keep your Colorado ski home operating optimally this winter.

Ski season has arrived in Colorado! Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains are open and we are ready to embrace the cold winter with warmth inside.


The changing of the season brings coziness into the home, including curling up next to the fire, a hot mug of tea, soft blankets and thick sweaters. The colder weather also indicates a time to winterize your home to make sure it’s prepared for the months ahead.



WHY SHOULD YOU WINTERIZE YOUR HOME


Winterizing your home involves a thorough check of your home’s systems and internal/external maintenance. Keeping a watchful eye on the health of your home can mitigate damage, lower utility bills, increase efficiency and extend the life of your home.


Preparation is key to addressing potential issues before they turn into problems. Heat failing or pipes freezing are winter’s worst culprits. Ensuring all systems are working properly before the harsh winter hits can save you time and money from them bursting or breaking later.


HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR HOME

The changing of the seasons is a good time to remember to comb through your home’s systems and do a thorough interior and exterior inspection of your property to make sure it’s as ready for winter as you are.


Interior Checklist:

  • Service heating equipment to ensure it’s working efficiently and fluid levels are maintained.

  • Check and change batteries for carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

  • Inspect windows and doors for proper sealing and address any air leaks, failed caulking, weatherproofing and/or locking mechanisms to prevent cold air from leaking in.

  • Inspect and clean out the fireplace.

  • Insulate exposed pipes or areas around pipes.

  • Reverse fans to clockwise rotation at a slow speed to pull cooler air towards the ceiling and push the warm air down.

Exterior Checklist:

  • Disconnect exterior hoses and blow out sprinkler systems.

  • Winterize the hot tub and/or pool.

  • Remove debris from exterior gutters that could cause ice dams.

  • Check that drainages are clear and flow away from the residence.

  • Inspect the roof, including flashing and shingles, to check for any potential leaks.

  • Cover patio furniture or bring it indoors.

  • Trim the trees, cut back bushes and remove debris from the yard.

Stock up on supplies:

  • Ice melt for walkways

  • Large shovels for snow removal

  • Extra bottled water and non-perishable goods


NEED HELP WINTERIZING YOUR HOME?


If looking at this list is overwhelming, we are here to help. Balance Point Construction’s Client Services team assists with managing your homes’ systems to ensure they are operating at their full potential. We offer property system’s management and arrival / departure services in the Vail Valley to ensure the only thing you need to worry about this winter is cozying up inside.


Contact us to learn more about our Client Services division.