Homeowner Tips: Preparing for Winter!

istock_000008609856xsmall-300x198With the Winter months finally at our doorstep after a long and mild autumn, there are many ways to prepare for the often times frigid New England winters ahead. Surely, if you’ve been in New England for a bit you may know the weather is often times very unpredictable – so it is never too soon or too late to winterize your home! Below is a list of compiled tips homeowners can start using now in order to save money and even stay warmer.
Insulate and Seal:
Just as you make sure to bundle yourself and your family up before braving the winter months, your house needs the same insulation and sealing as well! One of the most effective ways to keep warm and maximize your energy consumption is to ensure your home is properly insulated. Remember without insulation and sealing all the heat you are putting into your home is escaping, leaving your house chilly and you with an even larger energy bill. Make sure to:
  • Check doors and windows for drafts and install and/or repair any weatherstripping where needed
  • Keep dampers on fireplaces closed (when not in use) and make sure stove vents are shut when not in use
  • Check for any cracks or openings in your foundation, if so fill them with caulking
  • Check air ducts and electrical outlets for leaks, if any are found repair
  • Make sure attic entrances are sealed properly (e.g. plastic) or consider increasing attic insulation if it presents to be a large issue
Furnace Maintenance:

Another issue could lay within your actual furnace; make sure to service your furnace by a licensed professional before the winter season sets in! Some steps you can take on your own include:

  • Changing filters at least once a month
  • If replacing the whole furnace, ensure it is a high efficiency Energy Star model
Simple Tips/Steps:

Often times it is the simplest of fixes that can make all the difference, and that goes without saying that some of the following can greatly improve your home for winter.

  • Remove AC units if possible to prevent heat from escaping or if not possible to remove the unit purchase a cover in order to prevent any drafts
  • Do not rule out the use of ceiling fans in the winter – running them clockwise can help disperse air and push warm air down into a room
  • Make sure vents are not covered by any furniture or draperies
  • Also ensure the vents and ducts are properly cleaned so they can work to their best potential
  • Close doors to unused rooms in order to disperse the heat where you need it most
  • Lastly, take advantage of our best natural source of heat – the sun!
  • Make sure to open draperies on bright days to let the sun warm your rooms and seal draperies at nightfall to lock in the heat
As you can see, it is the simplest things in these preparations that can make a world of a difference. Hopefully by taking even some of these steps you can improve not only the warmth and comfort of your home in the harsh winter months, but also lower your costs greatly!

Sources: duke-energy.com, Stephanie Andre, mxenergy.com


About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate