As chilly weather approaches, itís time for homeowners to consider ways to winterize their living spaces. New seasons serve as a great opportunity to refresh bath dťcor and incorporate simple upgrades ó ultimately transforming the bath from a cold, simple space into a warm and comforting winter oasis.

Warm it up. There is nothing more relaxing after a stressful day than a steamy, luxurious shower. However, showers canít last forever ó even in the wintertime. Decrease the temperature shock by investing in a towel warmer. A heated towel within armís reach will help eliminate those post-shower chills.

Keep the pipeline smooth. When ice and snow cover the ground outside, thereís always a risk of frozen pipes. If residual water sitting in the pipes freezes, the flow is stopped, allowing water to expand and potentially lead to a burst pipe. Prevent a water shut-off by ensuring your pipes are insulated well in advanced of winterís approach. Leave cabinet doors under the sink open to let warm air in, or if your pipe has already frozen over, use a hair dryer or portable heat source to thaw the pipe before bursting occurs.

Amp up the shower. Swapping out an old showerhead can completely transform the bath experience in as little as five minutes.

Set the mood. Trading out bathroom accessories to fit the season is a great way to change the look of the bath. Display cozy, plush robes to keep bathers warm when stepping out of the shower and make guests feel right at home.

Create candlelit luxury. A flame effect creates a soothing aesthetic to any room. If your bath is particularly chilly, consider a freestanding, electronic fireplace heater to boost the temperature and add an element of sophistication to the room. Donít have the space? Simply arrange a few candles to create a subtle, yet comforting environment. Lush, wintery scents like sweet peppermint, crisp pine and woodsy cedar enhance the mood.
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Get your home ready for selling
Spring is generally the best time to sell your house, but just because the spring is still a few months away, it doesnít mean you canít start prepping your home to sell while youíre waiting for the temperature to rise. Before the trees loose all of their leaves, grab a camera and get some pictures of the leaves changing colors to showcase what your house will look like in the fall. Also take pictures after the first snow to showoff your homeís wintery side. The winter months are also a good time to look through your attic, closets, basement and garage. This will allow you to see what stored items you might want to keep, give away or sell later on. Taking inventory can also help you determine if you will need a storage unit when your home goes on the market. Along with the physical preparation, the winter months also give you a chance to interview prospective listing agents.
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Inspect lights before decorating for Christmas
Before installing decorative lights on a house or a tree, closely inspect each strand for frayed wires, bare spots and excessive kinking or wear. Discard and replace any lights that show signs of damage, which can pose a fire hazard. During the holiday season, when you are likely to have more decorations, lights and other electrical items in use, take extra care to prevent overburdening an outlet and use certified surge protectors and power strips. Exposed electrical cords and uncovered outlets can attract the attention of inquisitive children. Take care to secure cords out of reach and cover any outlets not in use.
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Inspect your ductwork
Having your HVAC unit inspected and serviced can help keep your home cozy in the winter, but inspecting your ductwork can also help you save money during the winter months. According to Energy.gov, households lose about 20 percent of their heated air through the duct system on average. To inspect your duct system: Visually inspect all accessible ductwork for damaged and inadequate insulation; with the heating system running, use a smoke pencil to find leaks at seams; look for disconnected or fallen air ducts; remove vent covers on the inside of your home and look into ducts for debris or mold accumulation; and inspect the evaporator coil for debris mold or mildew.
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