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Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winter’s back with a frosty bite! Have you prepared your home yet for the blizzards to be? Whether this is your first winter in New England or just another season for you, it’s a good idea to winterize your home. By preparing your home for the cold, you can avoid most maintence issues that spring up in the dead of winter.

 

1. Have your furnance inspected, cleaned, and maintanced if needed. Try to keep away any belongings to avoid a potential fire hazard.

2. If you have a fireplace, make sure to keep it closed when not in use to avoid pests and losing heat. Have it cleaned if needed. Be sure to store any firewood away from the outside of the house and keep it in a dry area.

3. Check the gutters and roof of your home. Insulate the attic in order to avoid ice dams, and make sure the gutters are clear of debris.

4. Check exteriors, doors, and windows and fix any cracks or damaged parts that could let in cold air or snow.

5. Rake away any debris and seal any cracks you find. No need to pick up any pests this winter. Check with an exterminator if you think you find an infestation.

6. In case of pipe freeze, know where your water main is located in order to shut it off for an emergency. Insulate any exposed pipes to prevent a burst.

7. Install a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, and a fire extinguisher.

8. Move any sensitive plants indoors and trim tree banches away from your home and power lines.

9. Prepare an emergency kit of flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, and a dry food supply in case of a power outage.

10. Make sure you have a good supply of snow salt and shovels.

Keep your home (and your family) nice and warm with these helpful tips.

 

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Boston Rated Second Best City for Trick or Treaters.

It’s that time of year again! Where grocery stores are lined with cornucopias of strange vegetables and Christmas music is playing throughout the store. But it’s October, so although the next holidays have started their march down the aisles, we still have Halloween to look forward to. And good news Boston, we’ve been rated the 2nd greatest city in America to Trick or Treat in according to Zillow. I think it’s all the old haunted history we have, but apparently our low crime and walkability allows families easy access and peace of mind for this outdoor holiday.

The rankings are as follows:

1. San Francisco
2. Boston
3. Honolulu
4. Seattle
5. Chicago
6. San Jose
7. Washington
8. Los Angeles
9. Philadelphia
10. Portland
11. Mineapolis
12. Pittsburgh
13. San Diego
14. Cleveland
15. Miami
16. Denver
17. Milwaukee
18. Virginia Beach
19. Baltimore
20. Albuquerque

For specific neighborhoods, the poll suggested:

1. Beacon Hill
2. Back Bay
3. North End
4. South End
5. Kenmore

 

So, what do you think? Did they miss any neighborhoods? If you’re interested in checking out these areas to potentially move in year-round, we have a large selection of lofts, homes, and rentals available throughout the Boston area and beyond. Trick or Treat, readers!

For the complete report, check here.