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Moving Tips: Protect your home from frost damage

Frost can be dangerous to the outside of your home.

Frost can be dangerous to the outside of your home.

When you finish packing all of your belongings and get ready for an autumn move, it could be smart to be aware of the weather around you. Especially if you haven't lived in a cold area before, knowing what frost damage can do to your home is important.

Your home should be kept at a reasonable temperature at all times. This is necessary because of the risk of damaging internal items in the home.

This is why it is important to keep the windows in your home closed when it is getting too cold out. Even if you like having the windows open as the temperature drops, you should reconsider once it has the potential to frost outside. This will keep the home at a fair temperature, as well as allow you and your family to be more comfortable.

It is also necessary for you to turn your heat on in the home on a periodical basis. This is because a lack of heat when it gets cold outside can be a risk to your pipes. Using your heat may be expensive, especially when using oil heat, but it is important to do this to prevent larger expenses later on. If you are very worried about heating costs, it is a good idea to leave the heat on its lowest setting when not home, and turn it up while you return and are awake.

Tend to the outside when frost arrives
While your home's interior is at risk of damage from frost incidents, your exterior and yard also can be damaged. It is important to bring in any perennial plants inside, as they will likely not survive a bad frost.

Keep in mind that your typical summer ornaments and tools should be brought into your home or garage during this time, as well. Any decorations in the garden can be damaged by the cold weather. Additionally, items like hoses can be damaged, if not properly stored. Draining your hoses and bringing them inside will help make it last longer. It may be a good idea to check to make sure any pumpkins or other decorative vegetation is removed, as the extremely cold weather could encourage damage. This will prevent a messy clean-up later on.