Chicago winter

This last week, we’ve had the A/C off and the windows open. Just last night, I needed to pull an extra comforter out of the closet as the outside temperature had dipped into the 50s. I’m not sure how Mother Nature knows, but there is no question that now that Labor Day is behind us, summer is winding down, and before long we’ll be hanging holiday decorations.

Everyone loves to complain about winter in Chicago. Maybe I’m biased as I’ve lived here most of my life, but the season has never bothered me. In fact, there is nothing like a clear winter day in the city with mist coming off Lake Michigan, a layer of pure white snow on the trees, and a crisp blue sky. It can be exhilarating!

But the coldest of Chicago’s winter days can wreak havoc on more than just under-bundled Michigan Avenue shoppers. One of my residential real estate clients was on vacation last year when a pipe froze, burst, and flooded their entire three-level home. Murphy’s Law… it was Christmas Eve and virtually impossible to get help as the water poured down their hardwood floors, drywall, cabinetry, etc. It took eight months and countless hours of aggravation to restore their home. 

Thankfully, this kind of home disaster is rare, and if steps are taken to winterize your home, they can be even rarer.  The tips on this home winterization list are a good place to start for doing just that. Not every suggestion will apply to your situation, but a little preventative maintenance now will help protect your investment in your home and give you peace of mind as you crawl under your comforter on Chicago’s coldest winter nights.

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  • Christmas is fast approaching again. I agree that preventive maintenance at this early time is a sound idea.