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    Swapping Bathing Suits for Wool Socks- How to Winterize Your Jersey Shore Home

    Whether you plan on being around this winter or closing up shop until warmer weather, there are several things you need to do to winterize your Cape May County home.

    Winterizing isn’t just a list of items that are extra hassles, it legitimately saves you money and headache as the season goes forward. Protecting your home from the seasonal changes and freezing temperatures is critical as the temperatures continue to plummet throughout the winter season. Check out our top tips for ensuring your home is ready for the upcoming season.

    1. Turn off and flush the water– The biggest fear for beach homeowners who are away from their homes for extended periods is finding out they had a burst pipe. Water can ruin walls, floors, and furnishings and cost lots of time and money to repair. Ensure your pipes can’t freeze while full of water by turning off and draining the pipes. This is a great tutorial on how to do this.
    2. Make sure air can’t enter the house- This applies whether you’re here in town or away! As the temperatures get bitter and the winds get fiercer, make sure the air from the outside can’t enter.
    3. Install weather stripping- Check around doors and windows for drafts and install new weather stripping if needed.
    4. Caulk holes- If you notice holes around the exterior, fill them.
    5. Stuff any openings- Some homeowners prefer filling dryer vents and other openings to keep air from entering the house if they leave. Just make sure to remember the stuffed openings before opening up and running appliances in the warm months.
    6. Close the fireplace damper- If your home has a fireplace and you aren’t using it, close the damper. This is the main source for lots of cold air and can cause big problems when the fire isn’t in use.
    7. Close drapes and blinds- Close up any window treatments to act as extra insurance against drafts during the winter.
    8. Store outdoor furniture and accessories- Put away umbrellas, cushions, outdoor rugs, and decorative pieces when the weather changes. Whether you are in your home year-round or not, it’s smart to protect these items during the harsh weather conditions. If you’re able, move larger furniture pieces into closed storage or underneath a roofed area to further protect it.
    9. Clean the gutters- Leaves will continue to fall and rain will continue to pour whether you stay around or leave town. Clean the gutters to cut down on any potential drainage problems while you’re away.
    10. Change the air filter– Most experts recommend leaving the heat running at a much lower temperature than normal during the winter months. If your HVAC system will be running, it’s smart to replace the air filter before the winds get cold and the system runs regularly.
    11. Clean out the fridge and pantry– While thinking about the rest of the house, don’t forget to think about your refrigerator and pantry! No one wants to return to rotten or smelly food. Clear out the refrigerator and place a bowl of baking soda to absorb anything that could linger. Toss anything that is set to expire from the pantry or pack up the entire contents to take home with you.
    12. Hire someone to check in- It’s not a bad idea to hire someone to check in on your home while you’re away. A caretaker can alert you if there’s an issue or pressing matter before you may see it.
    13. Take security precautions- The nut and bolts of your home aren’t the only things to consider. Take some precautions to keep your home from being targeted by criminals while you’re away.
    14. Set your alarm system before leaving.
    15. The local police department can benefit from having your contact information in the case of an emergency.
    16. You should also stop mail or paper deliveries if you normally receive these.
    17. Don’t leave any valuables in your home if you can help it!

    By working to prepare your home for the winter months, you can save a great deal of money and hours of hassle in the future. Let us know if you have any pro-tips for winterizing your beach home? We’d love to hear!!

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