Winterizing your Vacant Home

Winterizing your Vacant Home

Whether you own a rental home that is vacant or plan to spend time away from your own home, when the cold winter months are nearing it is imperative that you take extra steps to winterize the home. Without proper winterization, deterioration is something that is likely to cause you headache as well as expense. Continue reading to learn some of the best ways to winterize your home to keep it in pristine condition even when the weather is at its worst.


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Make the List

In order to effectively winterize your home, it is imperative that you walk around the exterior and interior of the property that will be vacant, making note of items that you notice are damaged or otherwise need repair or replacement.

Plumbing Check

The risk of freezing pipes is substantial during the cold winter months. To ensure this doesn’t occur at your vacant property, insulate the pipes and make sure that all water is shut off to the exterior of the house. For homeowners with a swimming pool, draining the water from the pool is also important. Close all of the drains to the home as well.

In the Kitchen

There are a few things that you should do to prepare your kitchen for the winter weather ahead. First and foremost, use the chance to clean out the pantry and toss any items that have passed their expiration or that you are not going to use. Make sure that all containers are fastened properly. Place a rodent repellent inside of the pantry as well.


Around the House

There’s no use for appliances inside of a vacant home, so unplug them, whether or not there is electricity running or not. Items such as refrigerators, microwaves, TVs, etc. can be unplugged in vacant homes and reduce the risk of fire and other concerns. You can install storm windows and doors if you’d like as well. There are many perks to such a decision and it is an affordable investment. Consider it.


All furniture should be put away before winter arrives if possible. The harsh winter weather can do a number on your furniture and you certainly don’t want your investment to go to waste. Cover any plants that are outside and make sure that nothing is in the lawn or outside that can be blown away with strong winds or become damaged due to severe winter weather.