January Durham Housing Newsletter
January 2024 – Durham Region Housing Newsletter
4 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the New Year
- Get your home ready for rough weather. December might be over, but there’s still plenty of winter weather ahead. Clean out gutters thoroughly, and reattach any loose bits and pieces. Weather-strip exterior doors and windows to prevent water leakage, and to keep cold air from seeping in. Purchase and install surge protectors to keep your appliances safe and sound during thunderstorms.
- Be prepared for emergencies. Get your first-aid kit and home disaster kit in order. Make sure you and your family are prepared for any mishap — big or small. Instead of worrying about what the future may bring, prepare for it!
- Check on your temperature and air-quality devices. If you haven’t already, install a programmable thermostat in your home. It’s a simple tool that can help cut down dramatically on heating and cooling costs. If you’ve been using a humidifier in your home during the winter, make sure to clean it regularly as it can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. Check the owner’s manual for details on which parts need to be cleaned, and how.
- Check smoke and CO alarms. According to Consumer Reports, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and CO alarms should be replaced every five. Make sure that there’s a CO alarm on every level of your home, and smoke alarms in every bedroom and hallway and the attic and basement.
If you’re thinking about making a move in 2024, whether you’re buying, selling or looking for a tenant, don’t hesitate to contact me today.
Ryan Taylor, Sales Representative
Royal Heritage Realty Ltd., Brokerage