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What Winter Looks Like at Mammoth Mountain

Even though Mammoth is officially under Stay at Home orders for at least the next three weeks, Mammoth Mountain is open for the 20/21 season. At this time, homeowners and second homeowners along with family of the owners are allowed to come up to Mammoth and use their properties. Outdoor activities are allowed and encouraged, and the staff and facilities are taking precautions to ensure the safety of the guests returning this season.

According to the VisitMammoth.com official website They have invested “$1 million dollars in COVID-19 related resort enhancements, including new technologies and sanitization procedures designed to aid with physical distancing and public health, and to reduce contact points throughout the resort.” Visitation and capacity will be limited, and lift tickets will only be available for advance purchase to maintain a limited capacity at all times.

Mammoth Mountain is still a great place to ski, ride, and enjoy the great outdoors. Visit the official Mammoth Mountain website for additional information.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Winterizing Your Home

The winter season is upon us, so now is a great time to address winter maintenance before the weather makes even the simplest of repairs significantly more difficult. Winterizing your home in advance of the changing seasons ensures that you aren’t having to make any repairs during the winter months or having to suffer without necessary conveniences.

Furnace Inspection and Routine Maintenance

Several routine maintenance tasks can be performed on your furnace by you, the homeowner. Such tasks include changing the air filter and making sure any flammable objects have been removed from around the furnace unit itself. You can also go around the house, ensuring that all of the vents are unobstructed from furniture, clutter, etc. Air needs to be able to circulate efficiently throughout your home. For the next steps in warranting your furnace is safe and in its best operating condition, you must call on a professional. A certified and licensed heating expert will assess the unit’s blower belt and motor, assuring that they do not need any repair before taking on the winter months. All are preventative measures taken to avoid fire and alleviate the opportunity for poisonous gases to enter your home. Hiring a licensed heating professional is pivotal in the assurance that your furnace is safe and sound working order before entering the winter months.

Addressing Your Windows and Doors

Begin by checking all of the weather stripping around your windows and doors for any signs of air leaks or drafts. Replace any stripping that has been pulled loose or is showing signs of wear. Even the smallest of crevices creates a passage for cold air to enter or warm air to escape. Finally, inspect the actual glass of the windows and doors for cracks or breaks. If necessary, replace the glass. Winter’s cold air drafts entering your home leads to money exiting your wallet.

Fireplace and Chimney Preparation

A cheap chimney sweep fireplace cleaning professional can be found in cities nationwide. The chimney professional will clean out your fireplace and chimney of any creosote and soot build-up. Creosote can catch fire from the sparks flying upward while burning. The mortar in the bricks surrounding the chimney will also be closely inspected for cracks or holes. If found, these cracks and holes must be repaired by a professional bricklayer, as they too can be a source of fire.

Exterior Detail

Inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles. Replace or repair as needed to prevent water leaks when the freezing rain or snow begins to melt. Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris, and inspect that they are fastened securely to the house. Be sure the downspouts extend at least five feet away from the home to inhibit ponding around the foundation. Lastly, close all vents and openings around the foundation, or crawl, to keep unwanted intruders from finding refuge for the winter.

Congratulations! Your home has now been winterized. Taking preventative action in the fall is your best line of defense against winter. Instead of hastily thumbing through the phonebook on a Sunday afternoon in mid-January, you can sleep warmly in the comfort of knowing your home is safe and protected.

Anytime you need a recommendation for a home professional to assist you with something big or small around your home, give me a call. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Rise N’ Shine Mammoth Lakes

This Friday, November 8th, celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 winter season with Mammoth Lakes Tourism and DrinkTanks. Get your free Mammoth Lakes logoed DrinkTanks mug at one of the participating coffee shops listed below from 7:30am until supplies last (120 mugs at each shop). Locations Include: Black Velvet, Looney Bean, Starbucks on Main, and Stellar Brew. The first fill of your new, sustainable mug with drip coffee is free!

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Mark Basarab on Unsplash

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Five Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozier for Winter

Five Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozier This WinterWinter is here and with that will come cold days that make you want to stay inside to escape the bitter temperatures. It isn’t possible to stay inside all the time but when you do, these five tips will help you feel cozy even on the dreariest days.

  1. Use your fireplace. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace, consider adding a standalone variety with a built-in electric heater in the room you use most. A space heater can add warmth where you need it and allow you to keep your thermostat lower than you normally would saving you money while adding a pretty fire to sit by in your home. The advantage of a space heater is that you only run it when you are in that room, so it isn’t running all of the time.
  2. Add blankets to the couch, chairs and beds in your home. Nothing feels better than wrapping up in a warm blanket on a cold day. Consider purchasing slippers for the members of your family as well if you don’t have them already. If you don’t wear shoes when you are at home, slippers or socks will keep your feet warm especially if you have hardwoods or tile in parts of your home.
  3. If most of your home isn’t carpeted, consider adding extra rugs for winter. Nothing is worse than cold tile on your feet during an overnight bathroom trip. Adding rugs to frequently used parts of your home can make your home much cozier during the cooler months.
  4. Open the blinds and curtains during daylight hours. While there are fewer hours of sunlight each day, let the sun you can into your home. The sun will add a lot of warmth and natural light and a much better atmosphere compared to artificial lighting.
  5. Fill the crockpot with ingredients for a warm stew or let a pot of soup simmer on the stove all afternoon. Not only will you have a hearty dinner at the end of the day, you will enjoy the aroma from the food as it cooks throughout the day.

Winter can be dreary, but it doesn’t have to feel that way inside your home. A little effort on your part will make your home a cozy place to be all winter long. For additional information on winterizing your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Decrease your Utility Costs this Winter

Decrease Your Utility Costs this WinterAs we enter the coldest part of the winter, utility bills will start to increase as your heat is running more to keep your comfortable in your home. There are many things you can do to save on your utility bills without sacrificing too much comfort. Here are some great tips to keep you warm and your utility bills low.

  • Open your shades and curtains during the warmer parts of the day to allow sunlight inside to warm up your home.
  • Use ceiling fans to help circulate the warm air throughout your home and push it into the lower parts of your rooms from since heat naturally rises. Fans should turn clockwise in the winter on the lowest setting.
  • Modern electronics draw energy even when turned off. Keep devices, small appliances and chargers unplugged when they are not being used.
  • Energy efficient light bulbs will use less energy and last longer.
  • Set your heat about five degrees cooler than normal and wear a sweater or use a blanket when you are at home. Drop the thermostat by another five degrees when you are away from home. A programmable thermostat will make this easy or you can adjust manually.
  • Line dry your laundry if possible and use the cold-water cycle when washing. When using the dryer, make sure it is full and the lint trap has been cleaned with each use so it will work more efficiently.
  • Take shorter showers if possible. It costs a lot of money to heat the water you use during the winter.
  • Washing dishes by hand uses more water than a dishwasher. Use the dishwasher whenever you can but only with full loads and allow the dishes to air dry for further savings.
  • Microwaves typically use a third of the energy that the stove will use to cook the same food. This can really add up over a month.
  • When you use the oven, open the door when you are finished cooking with the oven and allow the heat to escape into your home. Be careful when doing this if you have small children.
  • Keep the refrigerator full. More cold items means your fridge doesn’t need to work as hard after the door is opened and it begins to warm up.
  • Switch out your cool cotton sheets for flannel or a knit variety to keep you warmer at night.
  • Add a blanket under your comforter or bedspread for greater warmth.
  • Keep your filters clean and change them regularly per the manufacturer’s recommendations for greatest efficiency.
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and baths only as needed during the winter. They eliminate the warmest air from your home.

A little effort on your part can make a big difference in your electric bill so take the time to make these adjustments and you should see a difference when your bills arrive. For additional information on winterizing your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Travel Safely this Winter

Winter TravelWinter is here, and we have already seen some winter weather that has made travelling more difficult. Staying home isn’t always an option when snowy and icy conditions occur so being well prepared when travel becomes treacherous is the next best thing to not leaving the house.

The first step to being ready in case of adverse winter weather is to be well informed of the current conditions and what might come. Beyond knowledge, having adequate supplies on hand is the best way to be prepared so when you do travel you are prepared in case of unexpected delays or accidents.

When collecting emergency supplies, include the following items.

  • Fully charged cell phone, charging cable and a portable charger
  • Windshield scraper
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Ready-to-eat packaged foods
  • Extra clothing including hats, coats and gloves
  • Blankets
  • Snow chains for tires
  • Jumper cables
  • Road salt or sand
  • Emergency flares
  • First aid kit
  • Tool kit
  • Road maps and compass
  • Waterproof matches and a container to melt snow for water
  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • Necessary medicines that you require
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Multi-purpose knife
  • Shovel
  • Backpack
  • Whistle

This may seem like a lot of unnecessary work to put this together and hopefully it will be. If you should have an emergency on the road during winter weather, you will be very glad to have the necessary items to keep you safe until you can travel again or while waiting for someone to come and assist you.

For additional information on winter travel or winterizing your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Prepare Your Fireplace for Winter Use

Preparing Your Fireplace for Winter UseWinter is fast approaching and for many people that means it’s time to start using the fireplace. Before you light your first fire of the season, do the proper maintenance you need to do to protect your home and your family.

Before you even consider lighting a fire, test your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector to make sure they are working. Building a fire without this step is like driving a car without insurance. Now that you’re being safe and will be alerted in case of a problem, it is time to focus on the actual fireplace and preparing it for use.

If you have old ashes in the fireplace, remove and dispose of them. Allowing these to build up for too long can be unsafe. After each fire, allow the ashes to cool and dispose of them in a safe place. Ashes can be added to your compost pile or garden if you would like to dispose of them that way.

The key to reducing the amount of cleaning your fireplace needs is in the wood you burn. Using properly seasoned and dry firewood will decrease the amount of creosote that builds up from burning fires. No matter how much preventative maintenance you do, your fireplace will still need regular cleanings depending on how much you use them. There are things you can do to clean them but it is still wise to have your fireplace professionally cleaned on a regular basis depending on how much you use it. Ask friends and neighbors or your trusted real estate agent for a recommendation on chimney professionals.

In addition to having regular cleanings of your fireplace, having it inspected annually is important to maintain the safety of the overall fireplace. An experienced professional will make sure your chimney and fireplace are safe from the inside out and will keep your home safe as a result. Fireplaces are a common cause of house fires and a fireplace inspection will catch many issues so they can be repaired prior to use.

Prior to using your fireplace for the year, you will also need to open the damper. Closing it when your fireplace is not in use will help you save money on your heating bill because it will allow less heat to escape when it is closed.

There is nothing more pleasant than a cold afternoon nap by the fire or eating dinner with the crackling fireplace in the background. Simple precautions will ensure you stay safe during the cold months and can build your next fire in the fireplace with peace of mind knowing your fireplace is safe for the cold weather ahead.

For additional information on winterizing your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s Lic# 01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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