Ever wondered how your remodel project will affect the resale value of your home? If you upgrade your kitchen or bathrooms will you be able to sell your home for thousands of dollars more than if you left them the way they were? Take a look at this chart. The chart below will give you an idea of what value add you can expect.
As always at this time of the year, we like to remind our clients (and area Homeowners) that it is time to think of winterizing your mountain home. Home winterization is important in our area because of the extreme winter weather we can have. Thus, we have put together a list of “Winterization Tips” which we have listed below.
If you would like to print out the tips please click here to access a pdf file of the Winterization Tips which you can save and/or print: Winterization Tips.
We hope you will find the list of tips helpful!
Guidelines for Primary and Secondary Homeowners in the Truckee – Lake Tahoe Area
(This list may not be complete and is to be used as a guideline only.)
Preparing for Winter Weather
Tips for All – Both Primary & Secondary Homeowners
- Disconnect hoses from outside water spigots. Most homes in our area have “freeze proof” exterior water spigots. Thus, you only need to disconnect hoses from the water spigots so that water does not collect and freeze. Some older homes may not have “freeze proof” spigots. If you are not sure which type your home is equipped with, consult a local plumber for specialized instructions. Also, be sure to drain irrigation and sprinkler systems.
- Caulk and maintain weather stripping. Ensure that your doors and windows are air tight; this will help reduce your heating bills. Maintain weather stripping around doors and use caulk on openings or outlets around pipes, foundation, windows, etc. You want to stop any migration of water and air.
- Insulate water lines. Put foam rubber insulation around hot and cold water pipes, you’ll increase efficiency and save energy. (You can buy it in a home store.)
- Maintain heating units. Make sure your heating appliances are cleaned and serviced and ready for winter. Make sure your furnace filter is clean. Check that venting is clear and open.
- Maintain chimneys and stovepipes. Have chimneys and stovepipes inspected & cleaned. (Be sure you have a high-quality chimney cap.)
- Repair roof as needed. Check the roof of your home for missing shingles, shakes, or damaged materials (metal). Also, be sure to check around roof vents for any damaged materials. Repair as needed.
- Close foundation vents. Close foundation vents when colder weather begins and reopen again in the spring for proper ventilation. (Some contractors suggest that you leave at least two sub-area vents, for cross ventilation, open year round for proper ventilation.)
- Check your home insurance. For cold-weather homeowners, winter is a season that can bring damage from snow and ice, so it’s a good time of year to look at your homeowner’s policy.
Miscellaneous Winter Preparation Tasks:
- Contract for snow removal.
- Maintain snow blower. (Change the oil as needed. Gasoline can go bad and cause damage to your motorized equipment, so take your gas cans to the dump and then refill them with fresh gasoline.)
- Install snow stakes.
- Stock your wood supply, if necessary.
- Check batteries in smoke & carbon monoxide detectors & alarms. (Stock back up batteries to have on hand.)
- Put away patio furniture.
- Add anti-freeze to your vehicles, if necessary.
Winterizing Your Home for Extended Away Periods
Pipe Freezing Prevention
If you are a second homeowner or if you are a local who is heading out for a long vacation, you should consider turning off your water the next time you leave. Here’s the procedure for preventing pipe freezing in your home:
- Turn water off.
Locate the water shut off for your home. Then turn off the water — if a special tool is needed, use it. CAUTION: Turn the water shut off handle only as far as it will go in the direction it will move . . . normally clockwise ¼ turn to shutoff; ¼ turn counter-clockwise to open.
- Open all faucets and flush all toilets.
Once the water is off, open all the water faucets throughout the house and flush all the toilets to empty the tanks — this allows any excess water to drain from the lines and tanks.
- Add RV Anti-freeze to all drains and toilets.
Pour anti-freeze (environmental or RV) in every drain (including sinks, showers, and baths) and in the toilet bowls and tanks (after flushing to empty them).
Drains: 1 cup Toilet Bowls: 4-5 cups Toilet Tanks: 2 cups
- Set thermostat at 50 degrees +
Other things to consider doing when leaving for an extended period:
- Disconnect clothes washer water hoses.
- Disconnect refrigerator water hoses (to ice maker and water dispenser).
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Blue Bag recycling is available to all Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal customers.
How the “Blue-Bag” Program Works
- Place “blue-bags” of recyclables alongside your garbarge on your normal garbage service day.
- Dry, clean recyclable materials are to be placed in special blue plastic bags and do not need to be separated.
Recyclable Items accepted in the “blue-bags”:
- Magazines and newspaper
- Plastic containers: # 1 and # 2 ONLY
- Glass containers
- Aluminum cans, Bi-metal cans.
- Steel cans i.e. vegetable and fruit “tin” cans.
Examples of items not accepted in blue-bags:
Aluminum foil (including pie tins), contaminated plastic, plastic grocery bags, ceramics, crystal, window panes, pharmaceutical bottles, light bulbs, drinking glasses, mirrors, pyrex, dishes, wax or plastic coated cartons.
“Blue-Bags” are Glad or Hefty Blue Recycling Bags found at the following local stores:
- Safeway and other area grocery stores
- Mountain Hardware in Truckee
- Swigard’s Hardware in Tahoe City
- Area drug stores
Other Options for Recycling:
Visit the Town of Truckee website for informaton on local Buy-Back & Recycling Drop-off locations.