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Cold Weather Readiness Tips for Renters

Homeowners have a lot of maintenance to attend to before the coldest part of the year hits, and if you’re a renter, you may be counting your blessings that one of the benefits of renting is avoiding all that work. However, don’t start your victory dance just yet, there are still a few minor tasks you should complete to make sure your home or apartment is in tip-top shape this winter.

 

Tend to Winter Maintenance:

Your lease should provide important information about what maintenance responsibilities you have as a renter. IReference your lease or check with your landlord to see if you need to cover outdoor spigot or let faucets run in particularly cold weather. No one wants to pay for a burst pipe, and these small tasks can prevent a world of damage! Chances are, you are required to change your HVAC filters (which are recommended to be changed every season at minimum) so plan to change them if you have not already. Not only will changing the filters ensure you don’t destroy the HVAC due to neglect but ensuring the HVAC system does not have to work overtime due to a dirty filter will keep your power bill in check. Win-win!

 

Pack Away Seasonal Attire:

Fall may have had its moments of warmth, but--depending on where you live--you are likely not going to need those shorts and tank tops through winter. Pack away the seasonal clothes and gear, you can always pull it out if you decide to go on an impromptu trip to the Bahamas, and in the meantime, you will relish in the extra closet space. Don’t forget, cardboard boxes are no friend to your favorite sundress, opt for a transparent tote for protection from creepy-crawlies and moisture. Bonus, transparent totes offer the ease of visibility, making finding a particular stashed item all the quicker.

Clear the garage:

If you live in a single-family home and have a garage or storage shed, take the time to declutter and organize your items. Now that the holidays are over, this is the perfect time to move holiday decor to the back (since you won’t need them for another year), and place any cold weather items in the forefront for easy access. There’s nothing more frustrating than wading through piles of belongings and boxes just to find the children’s sleds on the first snow day of the season.

 

Keep Your Home Cozy:

Heating bills are a reality everyone must consider as temperatures drop. Thankfully, you’re not forced to choose between cranking up that thermostat when you feel a chill or becoming a miser who lives in snow pants and snuggie all winter. Instead, swap your lighter curtains for a bulkier fabric to help keep warmth indoors. If you have a ceiling fan, don’t forget to change its direction in winter.

 

Prepping for cold weather before it fully hits doesn’t have to be difficult or arduous, and it can certainly save you some cash this winter. Make sure you attend to the details on this list and you just may have some savings that you can transfer to a small vacation somewhere warm.

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