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Winterizing Your Home: A Guide to Preparing for Freezing Weather

As winter approaches, it’s crucial to ensure that your home is well-prepared for the challenges that freezing weather can bring. At The Alice Maxwell Team, we understand the importance of maintaining a comfortable and efficient home, especially during the colder months. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to winterize your home effectively and protect it from the harsh winter elements.

Insulation and Weather Stripping

  • Begin by inspecting windows and doors for drafts.
  • Seal gaps and cracks with weatherstripping and caulking to prevent heat loss.

Prepare Your Plumbing

  • Prevent frozen pipes by insulating them and allowing faucets to drip during extremely cold nights.
  • Disconnect and store outdoor hoses, and shut off exterior water sources.

Check Your Heating System

  • Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance for your heating system.
  • Replace air filters regularly and consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat for energy efficiency.

Insulate Attics and Basements

  • Ensure proper insulation in attics and basements to retain heat.
  • Consider adding extra insulation for increased energy efficiency.

Protect Outdoor Spaces

  • Winterize outdoor spaces by storing furniture and covering plants.
  • Remove debris from gutters to prevent ice dams and potential damage.

Clean and Inspect Chimneys and Fireplaces

  • Schedule a chimney sweep and inspection before the heating season.
  • Clean out the ashes and ensure your fireplace is in good working condition.

Update Your Emergency Kit

  • Prepare for power outages with an emergency kit.
  • Include essentials like blankets, flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food items.

Check for Roof Issues

  • Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles.
  • Remove excess snow carefully to prevent structural damage.

Set Smart Thermostat Settings

  • Utilize a smart thermostat to regulate indoor temperatures efficiently.
  • Program lower temperatures when you’re away and higher temperatures when you’re home.

Winter Landscaping Tips

  • Maintain curb appeal by clearing snow and ice from walkways and driveways.
  • Trim tree branches to prevent damage from heavy snowfall.


Winterizing your home is a proactive step towards ensuring a cozy and secure living space during the freezing months. At The Alice Maxwell Team, we believe that a well-maintained home is not only comfortable but also more attractive to potential buyers. Use this comprehensive guide to safeguard your home against winter’s challenges, and if you’re considering selling, remember that a winter-ready home stands out in the real estate market. Stay warm and prepared with The Alice Maxwell Team.

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Alice Maxwell

To know Alice Maxwell, Top Agent in Tuscaloosa AL, is quite frankly to love her. Vibrant and charming, she’s one of the region’s most successful REALTORS®. When asked about her sales, she sheepishly says, “Honestly, I’m not sure. I just take care of people. That’s what I love doing.” – Top Agent Magazine A Tuscaloosa Native, it’s this passion for people and knowledge of her hometown that has made Alice Maxwell a top REALTOR® in the Tuscaloosa area since 1993. She is quick to say, “I eat, sleep and breathe real estate. I love taking care of people!” It’s no surprise that clients quickly become lifelong friends, making her business one that is built on personal relationships, personal referrals and corporate relocations. By employing the latest technologies and marketing strategies, Alice does everything possible to ensure her clients’ properties are positioned and marketed for success. She and her team are committed to aggressively marketing their client’s listings, as well as finding the perfect home or condo for their buyers. To further assist her buyer’s need, she has a trusted network of professionals from inspectors, contractors, handymen to loan officers. Devoted to giving back to her community, Alice can often be found hammering at a new Habitat for Humanity house or feeding a group of students from Collegiate Recovery Community. She has served on the United Way Board, the Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Board of Directors for Capstone Bank, and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. She also serves her alma mater, The University of Alabama, as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Women of the Capstone, and Human Environmental Sciences Leadership Board. After earning her REALTOR® license, Alice earned her CRS, ABR and GRI designations. Since becoming a principal in Keller Williams Realty Tuscaloosa, she has participated in extensive training--recently completing Keller Williams’ signature training program, BOLD. Her knowledge of the industry paired with her knowledge of the Tuscaloosa market allows her to offer the highest level of service to each client. Because of her training and hard work, she has been named REALTOR® of the Year, and won the Arthur B. Pope award from the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors. Alice is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and together they are parents of Anne, Davis and Stuart. In the spirit of the Maxwell tradition, all three children have pursued individual careers in different spheres of real estate. When not busy with real estate, Alice and Johnny are often found spending quality time with their five grandchildren, their dogs, close friends or Alice’s 89-year-old mother, Dee. It’s a full and busy life! Alice probably sums it up best saying, “If you had told me years ago that I would be where I am today, I wouldn’t have believed it. I just know that I work hard and I believe that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

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