Winterizing a Vacant Home

If you plan to leave a house vacant for winter, it’s important to make sure your home is ready.
Give your home a once-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first frost. Having the exterior of the home ready for the cold winds, snow and ice is critical for keeping Old Man Winter out.

Windows and Doors

  • Check all the weatherstripping around windows and doorframes for leaks to prevent heat loss. Replace weatherstripping, if necessary.
  • Replace all screen doors with storm doors.
  • Replace all window screens with storm windows.
  • Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay. Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
  • Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed.

Gutters, Roof, and Drains

  • Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles and replace, as necessary before you get stuck with a leak.
  • Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights and around vent pipes. Seal joints where water could penetrate, using roofing cement and a caulking gun.
  • Check the gutters and downspouts for proper fastening, and re-secure if loose or sagging. The weight of snow and ice can pull gutters off the house.
  • Clean gutters of any debris. Make sure downspouts extend away from the house by at least 5 feet to prevent flooding of the foundation and water damage from snowmelt.
  • Clean leaves and debris from courtyard and pool storm drains to prevent blockages.
  • Ensure all vents and openings are covered to prevent insects, birds, and rodents from getting inside to nest in a warm place.
  • If a pipe bursts or leaks while you are away, it could cause significant damage. Consider completely turning off the water supply if no one will be in the home for an extended period of time. If your home is heated by an older steam heating system, consult with your heating professional to determine if it is safe to turn off the water supply for your particular heating system. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, do not turn off the water to this system.
  • Drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl, then consider pouring antifreeze in toilet tanks and bowls to prevent any remaining water from freezing and cracking.* Always use non-toxic antifreeze rated for plumbing systems.
  • To help confirm that the pipes have been drained, consider having a plumber blow compressed air through the pipes.
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Why Property Preservation Services are so Important

Preparations on a property can be tedious and tiresome, we like to think of property preservation as a property condition, maintaining it as a sellable product. That is why our property preservation services are vital–we provide the preservation, maintenance, and repair activities needed to allow you to sell you properties faster, at top dollar.


Preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before snow and excessive cold have arrived. Winterization protects against damage due to bursting water pipes, and from heat loss due to openings in the building envelope.

Securing Property

If a property is found vacant, we will secure the property to include: changing locks on exterior doors, installing lock box (coded per client requirements), boarding windows or doors as needed, securing entrance gates to property, posting emergency contact notice, securing pool if applicable, and providing photos of completed work.

Debris Removal

Removal of all debris from the interior and exterior of the property, hazardous material, any outside items that detract from curb appeal (Christmas lights, dog houses, etc.), and vehicles are towed.

Initial Lawn Maintenance

Initial lawn service is completed to the highest standards, providing curb appeal and pride of ownership. Initial lawn service includes mowing the front, sides, and back yard of the property, weed eating, shrub trimming, edging, weeding flower beds, and removal of clippings.

Snow Removal

In the winter, removing snow accumulation is important to provide safe access to properties by maintenance crews, city inspectors, first responders, real estate agents and others who have legitimate business at a property.

Janitorial Service

We service the interior of the property into move-in-ready condition. Our thorough interior janitorial service includes: vacuum carpets, wet mop vinyl and tile floors, clean all sinks, cabinets, counter-tops, commodes, bathtubs and showers. In addition, all appliances are emptied and cleaned and air fresheners are placed on sinktops.

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Property Preservation is the basic foundation of our product portfolio. Our initial focus is to evaluate the situation and begin the process of minimizing our clients loss and exposure by securing your asset. Standard services listed below can be priced on a fixed-fee basis for ease and savings during the initial preservation.

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At Leading Edge Companies, we understand the enormous strain put on internal resources and the investment required to manage properties from the pre-foreclosure stage through conveyance.

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REO Services

Leading Edge Companies recognizes it is vitally important to begin the process of asset resolution as soon as possible to restore the property to a marketable condition. We also offer an integrated fixed-fee approach to this phase of asset resolution.

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Asset Management

At Leading Edge Companies, we understand the enormous strain put on internal resources and the investment required to manage properties from the pre-foreclosure stage through conveyance.

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Inspection Services

Our Inspection Services quickly and accurately provide clients an assessment of the property's occupancy status and threats to value noted both inside and outside of the property. We offer a wide range of inspection services performed by employees and licensed home inspectors.

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Property Management

We manage your commercial and residential properties so you can maintain an income stream while determining to sell or keep the property as an investment.

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