First Impressions Matter! Buyers see the outside of your home first, making the yard, porch and entrance essential areas to focus on. After the warm welcome, bring buyers in and make them comfortable with bright, open spaces, fresh scents and warm seasonal colors. Lastly, leave them with a thank you and a snack to go. The little extras go a long way.
Trim Bushes & Rake the Yard
Didn’t get around to raking the leaves last fall? This is the time to do it! Clean out dead leaves around bushes, sidewalks, and planted areas as well as picking up any debris on your lawn. Trim back overgrown vegetation, which may block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Freshening up areas where mulch is faded or sparse is an affordable way to make the whole yard feel move in ready.
Mow Diagonally & Edge the Lawn Along Sidewalks & Driveways
Diagonally mowed lawns not only look nice, they make your lawn appear larger. Also. artfully manicured lawns which are edged indicate to buyers that you pay attention to small details and take great care of your home.
Plant Tulips & Daffodils in the Ground or In Containers
After a long, drab winter, everyone is happy to see the signs of spring. Tulips and daffodils pop up this time of year in Central Ohio and induce feelings of happiness and contentment. An added bonus…Yellow flowers are said to stimulate buying urges! Place containers in groups of three or five leading up to and near the entrance, inviting buyers inside.
Offer a Mat for Wiping Shoes & Leave an Umbrella Stand by the Door
In Ohio we get rain frequently in the spring and the weather is often unpredictable. Buyers will appreciate that you have anticipated their needs and left a place to stash umbrellas and wipe their feet before entering your home. Inside the door, leave booties to go over shoes or place a decorative basket for buyers to leave their shoes in.
Wash Windows Inside & Out, Including Drapes, Curtains & Blinds
Don’t block out the view or the sun! Spotless, uncovered windows will let sunshine pour in, making your home appear bright and inviting. Clean the windows themselves inside and out, as well as cleaning any window coverings. You may want to remove window coverings altogether. For those which remain, send your drapes and curtains to the dry cleaners or wash, dry and press. Toss blinds into a soapy bathtub to get rid of dust. Don’t forget to remove dirt and spider webs from the sills.
Set Out Aromatic Spring Flowers
Spring flowers such as daffodils, lilac branches and peonies are beautiful additions and can fill the room with a natural scent. Stick to one scent to avoid competing fragrances.
Replace Towels, Linens, Throws & Sofa Pillows with White or Warm Spring Colors
Towels, linens, throws and sofa pillows are inexpensive accents which can change the way a room looks and a buyer feels. White towels and linens are fresh and clean and pillows and throws in soft spring colors, can lighten up a room. Be careful not to go overboard. Small pops of soft colors- pinks, pale blues, turqouises and whites- will celebrate the season and make buyers feel right at home.
Leave Out Treats To Go!
A small snack, such as a stack of cookies wrapped in celophane and tied with a ribbon will leave buyers feeling happy and satisfied. Go the extra step by tying a tag on the treat that says “thank you for touring our home”.
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As the Spring gets warmer and summer approaches, it is the perfect time to start exploring all of what Ohio has to offer. Why not start your day with some home shopping and end with a glass of one of Ohio’s wines and great food! Whether you are a connoisseur or you just enjoy a glass now and then with dinner, Ohio has some great wine destinations. And since the pleasures of wine doesn’t stop at the glass, we’ve included some destinations that offer food & wine pairings, as well. Cheers!
The Wyandotte Winery in Columbus, Ohio is located in northeast Columbus just minutes from Eastern Town Center. Owners Robin and Valerie Coolidge purchased the winery in 2006 producing a variety of fine handcrafted wines ranging in styles from dry to sweet.
Why Wyandotte Winery?
A wine tasting at Wyandotte Winery is a fun and educational experience and has a cost of only $5 for 5 different wine samples. In addition, small plates are available while you enjoy your tasting or a bottle of wine. Wyandotte Winery also offers unique home-baked gourmet wine cakes available by the slice or packaged in a decorative gift tin perfect for gift giving. After hours the winery can be reserved for private parties or corporate events. The Winery also frequently hosts Murder Mystery Dinners, Euchre Nights, Women Who Wine, Summer Sizzlers Cookouts, Food and Wine Pairing Dinners, Hump-day Happy Hour, Haunted Wine Cellar and more! Check out their website for complete schedule of events. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm to 7pm with extended hours on most Friday evenings. (Special & private events scheduled outside regular hours).
Located at 4640 Wyandotte Drive in Columbus, Ohio
Rainbow Hills Vineyards in Newcomerstown is nestled in the gently rolling hills of scenic eastern Coshocton County. Rainbow Hills Vineyards offers a variety of dinner and sipping wines.
Why Rainbow Hills?
The countryside and atmosphere are exquisite. Here, only American grape and hybrid varieties are grown and used with emphasis on producing high quality wines.Visitors to Rainbow Hills Vineyards enjoy lounging in the serene setting and strolling along the decks that stretch into the woods. Gather at the pond for picnics and enjoy the sun or shade with your wine. To top it off, tempting bread and cheese boards await with each glass of wine.
Open 11 am – 6 pm daily (June – October until 9 pm Friday and Saturday)
Located at 26349 Township Road in Newcomerstown, Ohio
Via Vechhia Winery, Columbus, OH
Via Vechhia is a family-owned, urban winery tucked away off a private lane in the brewery district of Columbus. The original exposed brick, archways, wood ceiling beams and limestone walls are alone worth visiting.
Why Via Vecchia?
They use traditional Tuscan techniques passed down through generations to produce their all-natural hand crafted red wines. Guests of the winery can expect to enjoy wines made from one single ingredient: whole grapes imported from California which are still crushed on site. The winery recently began welcoming people in for Wine Wednesdays. On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy an appetizer plate and a glass of wine!
Located at 485 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Where can you find Via Vecchia wine? The Copius Restaurant & Bar right in the Brewery District!
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Harmony Hill Vineyards & Estate Winery Bethel, Ohio
Harmony Hill Vineyards & Estate Winery is a small boutique winery nestled in the quiet village of Bethel, just miles from the historic Ohio River Valley. Harmony Hill features a picturesque country setting surrounded by our 70 acre Nationally Certified Wildlife Refuge farm.
Why Harmony Hill?
Harmony Hill’s underground wine cave is one of only six similar structures in the country. You can sample premium award winning wines among the fermentation bins in the working winery or view vineyards from the covered outdoor patios. There are miles of walking trails, pristine flower gardens and manicured grounds which make Harmony Hill the perfect destination for those who yearn for a taste of the country, with daily entertainment an added benefit. Picnicking in the vineyards or under the shade of the hundreds of trees that surround the winery is also encouraged! Visit their website to learn more.
Typically open from the end of May to early October on Fridays from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 2-9pm, plus summer holidays (Entertainment Daily).
Located at 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road in Bethel, Ohio 45106
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Spring is here and this is traditionally the time when we make it a priority to deep clean all those dusty, moldy, or smelly parts of the house. If you are selling your home this year, this is a great time to get your house sparkly clean and smelling great. As you go through this process, don’t forget your appliances! Leaving your appliances when you sell your home can be a great incentive, but ranges, dishwashers and washing machines can be a deterent if they are not cared for properly.
Here are 3 Ingredients and 3 simple ways to clean your appliances:
Simply using Baking soda, White Vinegar and Household Dish Soap, you can deep clean your washing machine, oven and dishwasher!
Deep Clean Your Washing Machine:
Washing machines clean your clothes and leave them smelling fresh and looking great, so it seems strange that your washer can smell musty, mildewy or sour. If your washer is working properly, but smells, it may just need some TLC and a good deep cleaning.
3 Simple Steps
- Mix ¼ a cup of baking soda with ¼ a cup of water. Add this solution to your machine’s detergent container.
- Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the drum and run a normal load at high heat.
- Scrub any remaining dirty spots with the rough side of a sponge dipped in a solution of one part vinegar, one part water.
Deep Clean Your Dishwasher:
How can the machine that cleans your dishes leave bits of food behind or have an odor? Try cleaning out the filter first, then run a cycle with vinegar and finish with a baking soda soak.
4 Simple Steps
- Remove and clean the filter. Soak in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes, then replace.
- Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into bottom of empty dishwasher. Run a heavy clean cycle.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and leave overnight. In the morning, run an empty cycle.
- Gently scrub any remaining dirty areas with a toothbrush.
Deep Clean Your Oven: No one wants to clean the oven, but this is the appliance that home buyers are most likely to open during a home tour! Keeping your oven clean and smell free is essential.
5 Simple Steps
- Remove the oven racks & Make a baking soda paste by mixing a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste.
- Coat your oven: Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements.The baking soda will turn a brownish color as you rub it in. Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
- Clean your oven racks by soaking in hot water and dish soap for at least 2 hours. (you may need to soak them in the tub). Scrub off any grease and build up, rinse and lay on towels to dry.
- Wipe out the oven & spray on a little vinegar: After 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can. By placing a small amount of vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying on the walls and floor of the oven, any remaining baking soda will react and foam making it easy to do a final wipe down with a wet cloth.
- Replace your oven racks: Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you’re done!
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Do you remember when having a backyard barbecue or neighborhood get together required nothing more than a grill, some burgers and a couple of lawn chairs? Well, times are changing. Homeowners now use outdoor areas as additional living space and an area to entertain. Wide open yards are a blank canvas where you can make a big impression. Extending indoor comforts into outdoor spaces is the top outdoor living trend for 2017. Here are some ideas to get you started this year!
Lights please! Adding lighting to your outdoor spaces not only adds function, it also adds ambiance. Lighting extends the amount of time you spend outdoors, illuminates architectural and landscaping features and creates a warm, romantic environment for entertaining. In addition to adding lighting, homeowners are going “green”. Popular “green” choices include solar powered lighting and LED lights. LED’s give a truer color, longer lasting bulb and you will notice the energy conservation in your next electric bill. These fixtures can be seen not only in landscape lighting but also in masonry, deck and patio projects, making LED the ultimate in resourcefulness and versatility. For the latest in lighting ideas, visit this Pinterest gallery: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/backyard-lighting/
Gardens, gardens, gardens. A beautiful addition to any landscape- especially in a great growing environment like Ohio- is a garden. Raised beds, garden boxes, multi-level planters and unique designs are top trends for 2017. In addition, homeowners are adding organic, edible plants and herbs, which emphasize knowledge of where food is grown and sustainability. Don’t have a yard large enough for a garden? Vertical gardens are a great, fun option!
Grilling and chilling! Outdoor living just wouldn’t be complete without an outdoor kitchen. Much like the interior kitchen is the heart of the home, the grill is the central attraction in the outdoor space. For 2017, homeowners are adding partial or full outdoor kitchens with not only grills, but exterior-grade appliances like refrigerators, sinks, ice machines, and beer taps, weather-resistant cabinetry and fade-resistant countertops and prep surfaces.
Just about everyone has a smart phone these days and that technology can easily be integrated into your outdoor living space! Your smart phone has the capability to integrate Wi-Fi controls to control music, lighting, water features and more just by opening an app. Just like inside your home, you can control your outdoor features from anywhere in the world. If you like new tech, talk to your landscape designer about smart integration into your backyard projects.
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Whether you are new to Columbus or have lived here all your life, you have many reasons to be proud of where you live! From the people to the culture to the food and beautiful surroundings, Columbus is a one of the top metro areas to live and to do business in the U.S. Here are the top 10 reasons to love and live in Columbus, Ohio:
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Valentine’s Day is almost here! Whether you stay home or go out, here are 6 ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Columbus, Ohio.
Tuesday, February 14 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm
If you are a wine person, head to Wyandotte Winery. They are offering a six course wine dinner for $75 per person. Music, food and wine… doesn’t get any better than that! Reservations are a must.
Tuesday, February 14 from 5:30- 9pm at the Franklin Conservatory
Sip wine, indulge in artisan chocolates and appreciate exotic orchids. There are six chocolate and wine pairings throughout the conservatory. Enjoy the music and take a dance lesson. A romantic evening for you both. $20 admission for three pairings.
- Urban Jazz Coalition: A Valentine’s Day Event
Sat, February 11, 2017, 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM EST at The Copious Restaurant & Bar, 520 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Come have a romantic evening with a loved one and celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend with one of Columbus most loved Jazz Bands. We will reserve one of the best seats in house for you while you enjoy your dinner! Please call the restaurant at 614.947.1520 to make reservations (limited times available),
What better holiday to be crafty than Valentine’s Day? Sweeten up your home this Valentine’s Day with these cute decoration ideas for your mantel and all throughout your house! Check out these ideas from blogger Landee: Valentine’s Mantel Decorations.
Valentine’s Day is typically the busiest day of the year for restaurants, so why not save some money and enjoy a quiet night together at home? Some ideas to get you started: Make dinner together…Look back on photos and cards that remind you of your history together…watch your wedding video…make a painting together…have a spa night, the options are endless!
Spend Valentine’s Day with Your Kids:
Share the love with the whole family and include your kids in the celebration! Have a chocolate tasting. Get some different types of chocolate candy, grab a blind fold & taste away. Then settle in for some family crafts or a movie.
Concerts can make for a great romantic night out or a fun night on your own if you’re single, and Columbus has some great ones to choose from, including R&B icons like Charlie Wilson and EDM legend Darude. Whether you’re celebrating being single or cozying up to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, find your favorite show, get your tickets, and have fun!
Feb. 10 @ 8 p.m.
174 W. Vine St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Couple’s Paint Party
Tuesday, February 14 from 6pm – 9pm $35 per person
Start your evening with some creativity! The fee includes the canvas, paints, tools… & chocolates… to paint your masterpiece. Drinks are also available at the Park Street Cantina at 491 Park Street.
We would love to help you buy or sell your home this February!
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Is you home aging quicker than it should? Much like our own body, the care we put in our home can keep it in great shape and reflective of it’s age-maybe even younger! Keeping up with routine maintenance can protect the value of your home and may even increase the value. According to a study out of the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University, “regular maintenance increases the value of a home by about 1% each year”. Neglecting home maintenance can make your home look and feel older than it is, and may even decrease the appraised value of your home.
One way to keep your home young and healthy is to prevent moisture from penetrating your home’s barriers. Living in Ohio, we experience a good deal of rain, snow and overall humidity and moisture is a home’s #1 enemy. Simply by focusing on this one area, you can protect the age and integrity of your home.
Water can destroy the strength of your foundation, roof, walls, and floors — basically, your home’s entire structure, as well as lead to mold and wood rot. So, that leaky gutter may not just be annoying; it may be compromising your foundation!
Here is a checklist of areas where moisture may get in and what to do about it:
- Your Roof: Inspect your roof at least twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, to make sure you don’t have weak spots, missing shingles or weak seals that may lead to leaks.
- Your Gutters: Clean and inspect your gutters at least twice a year to prevent clogs and overflowing and to ensure there are no cracks or leaks.
- Your Siding: Suprisingly, not all siding is waterproof. Each siding board should work together as a complete system with nails, caulk, and a sealed finish to keep out moisture and protect your home. However, if the siding has gaps or is compromised in any way, moisture may enter and cause rot or mold. Inspect your siding each year and look for water stains, damage and algae or mold growth on interior walls or the siding itself. If you have suspicions that water is getting in, you should contact a professional.
- Your Doors & Windows: Inspect doors, windows and skylights for leaks by closely expecting the seals. Check for air leaks if you cannot physically see the crack or opening. Gaps less than 1/4 inch wide can easily be fixed with caulk. If the gap is larger, spray foam is an option. If there is wood rot, drywall damage or pealing paint, a consultation with a professional is a good idea.
- Your Plumbing: With so much plumbing in modern day homes, leaks are common. Check for standing water around tubs or showers, water stains on the ceiling or wall and leaks under sinks and inside cabinets. If left untreated, these leaks can weaken structure and lead to mold growth. Contact a professional plumber if the source or solution is not obvious.
- Your Crawl Space/ Basement: There are several sources of moisture in your crawl space or basement. Identify the problem before deciding on a solution. If there’s standing water in your crawl space, you likely have a drainage problem or a plumbing leak. If the floor/ dirt is damp, moisture may be evaporating from the ground. Moisture could also be coming in through a crawl space vent, which allows outside air in. If there is moisture in your basement or crawl space, contact a professional.
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The kitchen is the heart of the home and is a great place to gather at the end of the day and catch up with your family.
However, if your kitchen needs updating due to a lack of functionality, inadequate storage space or an outdated design, you are less likely to spend time in it according to the 2017 Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey. Investing in a kitchen renovation has long been considered a good financial investment, as an updated kitchen generally increases the value of your home. Updating your kitchen and making it work for you can also have health benefits according to the Houzz study. 33 percent of the 2700 hundred home owners surveyed, who completed a kitchen renovation, say the project prompted them to “cook more meals at home, eat less takeout, and consume more fruits and vegetables.”
The many choices in kitchen renovation can be overwhelming, but designing your renovation around your lifestyle is the best bet. You don’t need to launch a full renovation to see improvement. Updates can be as simple as changing colors, re-organizing and adding function with accessories or as complex as a full tear out and re-build. Whatever your plan, here are some ideas to get you started:
Study your existing kitchen and think about how you use it and how you would like it to work better. Are your appliances laid out correctly? Do you have enough storage? Are there tasks that you dread because you don’t have the appropriate space or tools? Could you use an island for more surface space? Is there wasted space that could be utilized better? Create a drawing of your kitchen with measurements for doorways, walkways, counters, etc. and then draw how you would like your kitchen to look.
Add storage, not space. Think about whether you really need more space or if you just need to utilize it better. Think about vertical space, like the
space above your cabinets, around your windows and on open walls. Could you install open shelving or ceiling high cabinets for better storage? How about hanging pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack and utensils from a wall mounted bar?
Think about traffic patterns. How does your family use the kitchen? Is there a drop zone/ homework zone/ work zone that could be moved elsewhere? Setting your kitchen up appropriately for tasks related to meals and nourishing your family can lead to healthier choices and more cooking at home.
Seek help: Once you have an idea of what you want, a professional designer can simplify your kitchen remodel. Pros help make style decisions, foresee potential problems, and schedule contractors. Expect fees around $50 to $150 per hour, or 5% to 15% of the total cost of the project.
Once you learn how to love your kitchen again, use it to improve your health!
- Plan your weekly meals before you go grocery shopping and do as much prep as you can ahead of time. Having a plan eliminates the “what’s for dinner?!?” stress and the urge to just head to the drive through.
- Organize your fridge with stack-able, see through containers. Visibly organize your fridge so that everything has a place and is accessible and easy. Chop veggies ahead of time, make and store sauces, cut fruit for easy snacking, etc.
- Set the scene- Focus on relaxing and enjoying the process of creating a great meal. There are many ways to get in the meal prep mood-music, lighting, comfy slippers- do what works for you!
- Make meal prep a family affair- enlist help and get great bonding time.
Start planning your next home-improvement project this Feb. 18-26, 2017 at the Columbus Home & Garden Show.
Taking place at the Ohio Expo Center-this show is eight days of home and garden expertise from local gurus and craftsmen; how-to sessions and demonstrations; fun for the kids; giveaways; celebrity appearances and much more.
Location & Parking
Ohio Expo Center, Rosati Building (Bricker) & Ohio Mulch Building (Celeste)
717 E. 17th Ave.
Welcome 2017! This is the time of year for fresh starts, planning for the future and dreaming about accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves on January 1st. This year, remember to include new years resolutions for your home.
1. Safety First: This New Years, resolve to make your home’s safety #1 on the list. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries and make sure you have one installed on each level of your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can leak into your house if a furnace vent leaks or gets blocked. Have your furnace serviced routinely and make sure vents are not blocked. Also, check your home for radon. Radon is another colorless, odorless gas which can cause lung cancer and one in every fifteen homes has elevated levels. Both carbon monoxide detectors and radon test kits can be found at your local hardware store and cost an average of $20-$40. This is a small cost for staying safe this year!
2. Fix It! How many times are you going to walk by that broken switch plate or use the drawer with the missing handle? Many of the repairs we neglect will only take minutes to fix. Get some paper and a pencil, go through the house and create a checklist of repairs that need to be done. Then, just fix them. If you sell your home this year, you will be glad you did!
3. Make a Maintenance Plan: The next item on your New Years Resolution for your home is a maintenance plan. While you are doing the walk-through looking for items to fix, take note of the appliances and systems that your home has which need annual maintenance. Some are as easy as filter changes and some will require a visit from a professional. To avoid getting overwhelmed, put one maintenance item on the calendar each month.
4. Save energy: Saving energy is good for the planet and great for your wallet. Small changes, such as replacing your light bulbs with LED options and plugging electronic devices into power strips instead of the outlet, can make a big difference. If you are ready for more intense projects that offer great energy savings, you can replace your appliances with EnergyStar appliances, consider a tankless water heater and install solar tiles on your roof.
Check out the new Tesla solar tiles. Solar power is not what it used to be! These sleek tiles look just like regular roofing tiles, but power your home and save you money.
5. Get Organized: Every home could use a little more organization! This New Years Resolution for your home is a big one and doesn’t happen overnight. Start small- maybe clear out that junk drawer that is overflowing or clear a shelf in your laundry room-then move onto larger projects. Take a couple hours each week to focus on organizing and gather inspiration by taking a trip to your local container store or visiting pinterest for ideas.
6. Get Dirty: When the weather warms up, it is landscaping time! Landscaping is essential to curb appeal. Start planning now and dreaming of how your yard could look. If you don’t have time for upkeep, go with plants and flowers that are easy to care for and come back year after year. If you have space for a garden, consider adding a composter and rain barrel. That way you can save money and reduce waste, while enjoying fresh produce.
7. Lose Weight! This New Years Resolution is on about 80% of lists this year, and your home’s list is no different! It is time to clear out and get rid of possessions that are weighing you down and cluttering up your home. If you haven’t worn or used something in the last 2 years, it is time to say goodbye!
Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous 2017 for you and your home!
Winter is here! Now is the time to prepare your home for the snow, ice, freezing temperatures and unpredictable winter weather in Central Ohio!
DRAIN GARDEN HOSES
WINTERIZE OUTDOOR WATER SPIGOTS
After removing the hoses, don’t forget to drain and cover outdoor hose faucets to prevent the pipes and spigot from freezing. Locate the pipe that supplies each outdoor faucet In your basement or crawl space and find the shutoff valve. Close the valve controlling each faucet, then open all the faucets on the outside. Open the small drain cap located just above the shutoff valve and allow the water in the pipe to drain out into a bucket.
If your home’s outdoor faucets don’t have shutoff valves, you may have frost-free faucets, which don’t require draining. These faucets are installed at a slight angle with the valve located inside the foundation to allow water to drain out of the pipe when not in use.
INSULATE EXPOSED WATER PIPES
Insulate water pipes in your crawlspace or other cold areas of your home to avoid frozen pipes, which can burst. Start by choosing foam pipe insulation that matches the diameter of the water pipes. Cut the insulation to length with a box cutter or scissors. Open the insulation along the split edge, and fit it around the pipes. Tape any joints in the foam insulation together.
PREVENT FROZEN PIPES
To keep water pipes from freezing on cold winter days, Open cabinet doors under sinks that are located on outside walls and install foam covers over pipes. Remember to seal up any holes in the floor under the house.
WINTER FIRE SAFETY
No matter what your home heating source is, you should have properly installed smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in various areas of the house. Make sure to replace the batteries on alarms as needed or annually. You should also have an easily accessible ABC rated fire extinguisher.
To reduce the chance of fires from fireplaces or wood stoves, have your fireplace inspected regularly by a certified professional. Burn only hardwood that has been cut dried for 6-12 months and use a fire screen in front of fireplaces.
If you have a furnace, make sure to have it inspected and change the filters so it runs safely and optimally this winter!
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