To keep your new home long lasting, here are a few quick tips to prepare for winter weather!*

  • Disconnect the exterior hose from your hose bib. This prevents your hose bib from freezing and breaking.
  • Clean exterior drains so they are free from leaves and debris. This will prevent build-up and ensure proper drainage.
  • Flush 3-5 gallons from the hot water tank to remove any sediment that may have built up.
  • Change your furnace filter between the return air and blower to maximize efficiency and minimize energy costs.
  • Change your smoke detector batters to ensure 24/7 safety from fire and smoke. Make sure to match positive (+) and negative (-) ends.

Note: this is not a comprehensive list; additional maintenance may be required.


Will Duderstadt


VP, Chief Marketing Officer of Corporate Marketing at M/I Homes, Inc., Will oversees online marketing campaigns, lead generation, SEO, PPC, Social Media, and content strategy. Selected to Professional Builder’s 40 Under 40 in 2017, Advisory Board Member of the Zillow Group (ZG) New Construction Advisory Board, and 5 time speaker at NAHB International Builder Show. Fluent in Emoji. Fan of ☕️🌮🐱🍣🌱