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Stay Dry in December! Home Maintenance Tips

December Home Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Coastal Home Cozy

Dear Totem Properties Clients and Prospective Homeowners,

As the winter season settles in along the picturesque North Oregon Coast, it's time to ensure your coastal home remains a haven of warmth and comfort. December brings its own set of challenges, but with a bit of proactive maintenance, you can safeguard your property against the elements. Here are some essential tips to keep your home cozy and well-maintained this December:

1. Weatherproof Your Windows and Doors:

The coastal weather can be unpredictable, so it's crucial to ensure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Check for drafts and apply weather stripping where needed. Consider using heavy curtains or thermal blinds to keep the cold at bay while adding a touch of coziness to your home.

2. Clean and Inspect Your Heating System:

Before the temperature drops significantly, take the time to clean and inspect your heating system. Whether you have a fireplace, wood stove, or a central heating system, a well-maintained heating source is essential during chilly coastal nights. Schedule professional maintenance if necessary.

3. Gutters and Downspouts Maintenance:

Coastal living means dealing with rain and moisture. Ensure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris to prevent water buildup and potential damage. Check for any leaks or loose connections and address them promptly.

4. Outdoor Maintenance:

Trim overhanging branches and remove dead foliage around your property. This not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but also prevents potential damage during winter storms. Secure outdoor furniture and any loose items to prevent them from being carried away by strong winds.

5. Insulate Pipes and Prevent Freezing:

Protect your plumbing by insulating exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas. This simple step can prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting, saving you from costly repairs. Don't forget to disconnect and store garden hoses for the winter.

6. Check for Drafts and Insulate:

Drafts can significantly impact the warmth of your home. Check for drafts around windows, doors, and any other openings. Use caulking or weatherstripping to seal gaps, and consider adding extra insulation in attics and crawl spaces.

7. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Safety first! Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order by testing them regularly. Replace batteries if needed and consider installing additional detectors if your home requires them.

8. Plan for Storm Preparedness:

Living on the Oregon Coast means being prepared for winter storms. Have an emergency kit ready, including essentials like flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, and blankets. Stay informed about weather forecasts and be ready to secure your property if a storm is approaching.

As your trusted advisors in North Oregon Coast real estate, Totem Properties wants to ensure your home remains a place of comfort and security throughout the winter months. By taking these December maintenance steps, you'll be well-prepared to embrace the beauty of the Oregon Coast while staying warm and cozy in your coastal abode.

Stay warm and happy holidays!


Julia Radditz

Totem Properties - Your Coastal Living Experts

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