With the number of foreclosures in today’s real estate market and the long lengths of time homes stay on the market before selling, many properties must be winterized and de-winterized. Winterization is the process that prepares a home to sit vacant without heat/utilities and with the water turned off. It reduces the risk of the plumbing supply lines freezing and causing damage and/or flooding. Often real estate agents or banks will ask home inspectors to perform this service. For those inspectors who offer winterization and de-winterization services, InterNACHI offers this Winterization/De-Winterization Services Agreement.
In order to prepare a home for winter, especially if the home will not be occupied, a number of preventative measures must be taken to protect it from the cold. Catastrophic damage can result from water damage if unheated pipes burst, and leaky windows can create uncomfortable drafts. Take a look at our new article on home winterization to learn why winterization is important and how it should be done.