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New Tampa School Guide
by Cara, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

There’s peace of mind knowing your children go to good schools. That’s why we recommend doing some research into schools before you buy a new home, including those in New Tampa, FL.

The first step in your search is to find out which schools are attended by children in the area. The 12 New Tampa public schools are considered to be among the best in Hillsborough County and all of Florida itself. GreatSchools.org, which rates schools and lets you compare them, is a good starting point for your search.

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Find a Fit for Your Child’s Needs

When trying to find the ideal school for your child, consider these Four Fit Factors:

  1. What subjects and difficulty level would your child benefit from?
  2. How should your child be taught and interacted with, inside and outside of school?
  3. What are the social needs of your child?
  4. Which extracurricular activities would be good for your child?

Choose the Kind of School

After you’ve determined which schools are available in the district and your child’s particular needs, consider the type of school you’d prefer.

  • Your neighborhood public schools offer a convenient option.
  • Your child can also attend any charter school, regardless of the district it’s in.
  • Many school districts also offer magnet schools, which usually have a specific emphasis, such as technology or art; they may also mix different grades in one class or operate year-round.
  • Other school options include alternative schools, private schools and homeschooling.

Research alone won’t give you the information you need. Armed with your thoughts on what you’re looking for and which questions to ask, even a short visit to a school can help you make a final decision.

Interested in learning more? Check out these resources for choosing a school.


Tips for Creating Inviting Bedrooms
by Cara, Thursday, March 26, 2015

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but we spend most of our time in our bedrooms. At Taylor Morrison we design owners’ suites and secondary bedrooms that give our homeowners flexible spaces for sleeping and relaxing, as you can see in these pictures from our portfolio. We’ve also pulled together some clever, low-cost tips for creating inviting bedrooms

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Smart layouts

  • Place furniture to maximize any view.
  • Use mirrors to reflect light and give the illusion of more space.
  • Keep clutter, fussy details and busy patterns to a minimum.
  • Create defined areas for sleep, reading and hobbies using dividers or just area rugs.

Create a welcoming retreat

  • Choose a soothing color palette using blue tones and neutral creams, grays and soft browns.
  • Opt for relaxing task lighting instead of harsh overheads.
  • Add texture and softness with area rugs.
  • Use relaxing scents like lavender.

Quick fixes

  • Change out the hardware on dresser drawers
  • Replace old lampshades
  • Reframe art work and photos
  • Add accent color interest with throw pillows

Need some inspiration? Visit a Taylor Morrison community near you and tour our furnished models for the latest decorator tips. You’ll find new homes for sale in the most sought-after locations in California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Florida. 


Introducing Oyster Harbor at Fiddlers Creek
by Cara, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

With construction underway, interest in our newest gated community in award-winning Fiddler’s Creek of Naples, FL is gaining momentum. Oyster Harbor is coming soon and we can’t wait to celebrate its official opening!

Fiddlers Creek

Fiddler’s Creek, a golf course community, has quickly become a favorite for discerning homebuyers who appreciate fine living and resort-style amenities. The 4,000-acre community features pristine lakes, wetland preserves, a meandering creek and a tidal estuary to the Gulf coast.

Sixteen luxurious three- and four-bedroom open floor plans will be offered by Oyster Harbor at Fiddler’s Creek. Square footage for the well-appointed homes will range from 1,689 to 3,486. Each home will include a master suite, well-appointed baths and many flexible space options.

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The 18-hole Arthur Hill championship golf course include first-class practice facilities, a 54,000-square-foot clubhouse with full service spa, fitness center, two restaurants, and direct access to a private beach. Also planned is a second 18-hole private course with a clubhouse. In the meantime, golfers have the option of enjoying a semi-private 18-hole course located within Fiddler’s Creek and operated by Marriot Hotels.

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Does this sound like the lifestyle you’re looking for? Stay in touch and get the latest on Oyster Harbor as it develops by adding your name to the VIP Interest List. For more information contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens or Molly Whalen at 866-495-6006, or send an email message.



Fun Runs Near Taylor Morrison Communities
by Cara, Thursday, March 19, 2015

As the weather warms up to spring, 5K fundraising runs begin to heat up, bringing attention and funding to non-profit causes all across the country. Whether you participate as a runner or a volunteer, these are great events for helping others and having fun. Here are some events near Taylor Morrison communities.

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ARIZONA

Phoenix

The PurpleStride Phoenix 5K run and family-friendly walk comes to town March 22 to benefit the fight against pancreatic cancer. Besides the timed run and untimed walk there will be kids’ activities, music, refreshments and more.

On March 28, Stride for Sight presents a 10K run, 5K run and 1 mile walk at US Airways Center. The fundraiser will also feature a Blindfold Challenge where two-person teams with one blindfolded while guided by a sighted guide.

CALIFORNIA   

Bay Area

Homeowners in our Brighton community are near the April 12 Dionysus Dash Livermore 5K run/walk through Concannon Vineyards. Wine tasting, music and awards will be part of the day.

If you live in a home or townhouse in Campbell or one of our other Bay Area communities, you can join in the Armed Forces Day 2015 for a day of running, walking, classic cars, music, food and more on May 16 at Lake Cunningham Park.

Sacramento

There’ll be a number of runs during the Capital City Classic on April 26. Medals will be awarded for 10 mile finishers, 5 year age division, and participants of the 5K, 12K and 2.62 mile races.

An option just for kids is the Positive Energy Kids Triathlon in Davis on May 31. The event for kids 3 to 8 years incorporates exercise.

Southern California

On April 18, the 6th Annual Colony 5K Run/Walk around historic Anaheim High School will generate funds for the school’s Associated Student Body.

Owners of our Costa Mesa homes will have the Orange County Marathon 5K, May 6, practically in their back yards. Full and half marathons will also be held.

Disneyland Resort will be the site of the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend starting May 7. Runs include 5K, 10K, 1 mile and half marathon.

COLORADO

Denver

The Brain Tumor Alliance Denver 5K at Sloans Lake Park will help the organization provide emotional and financial support for families affected by brain tumors. The run will be held on April 4.

Hippity Hop Easter Trot & Kid’s Cottontail Fun Run will also be held on April 4. Central Park in Stapleton will be the site for a day of family fun and will include a 5K/10K. Proceeds will go to Denver School of Science and Technology.

FLORIDA

Fort Myers/Naples

If you’re ready to be blasted with color while you run, you’ll love the Fort Myers Color Vibe 5K Run. This fun and quirky event will invade Lee Civic Center on April 4, and a colorful time will be had by all.

Get ready for the 3rd Annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk to support head and neck cancer patients in Southwest Florida. The event happens on April 11 at Lakes Regional Park.

Help make wishes come true at the 5th Annual Walk for Wishes 5K Walk/Run on April 18. Proceeds go to grant wishes to community children fighting life-threatening medical conditions.

Jacksonville

A portion of your registration fee at The Human Race will go to the non-profit of your choice. Registrants will be entered to win a cash prize of $5,000 in the Birdies for Charity contest; HandsOn Jacksonville will also receive a $5,000 prize. The event will be at St. Johns Town Center on April 4.

The April 28 4th Annual Strides for Pride 5K Run/Walk supports the local LGBT and Ally community. A celebration will be held at Bold City Brewery immediately following the race.

Orlando

Support wounded service men and women at the 6th annual Wounded Warrior Lone Sailor 5K & 10K. The April 4 event will be held at Blue Jacket Park.

Also on April 4, the Pig Run of Lake Nona 2015 will help support Nemours Children’s Hospital Child Life program, which provides gifts to help young patients pass the time during their visits. Runners in the unusual 3.1-mile challenge will get to eat donuts along the way.

Sarasota

The Pinwheel 5K Run/Walk on April 4 includes races for adults and kids. The fun family-oriented event will take place at Nathan Benderson Park.

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the site of Run to Remember 5K for Senior Wellness, April 25. A kids’ tent with face painting, clowns, activities and healthy snacks will be part of the festivities. Proceeds will benefit residents and their families at Pines of Sarasota.

Tampa

The Journey To Cure a Hero Race 2015 on April 4 will feature a 5K, 1 mile and more at Al Lopez Park. Hero or super hero costumes are encouraged. The family-oriented charity event will benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

All proceeds from the Run for Hope 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk go towards the therapies and medical expenses of five-year-old Mattie Hope Spinner, who was diagnosed with a brain injury and, at 8 months old, with cerebral palsy. The April 18 run will occur at Lake Park in Lutz.

Ryan’s Run, to be held April 17 in Ybor City, benefits the Ryan McCall Memorial Fund. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship for a Hillsborough County High School student that has the same work ethic and principles demonstrated by the foundation’s name sake, the late rising athlete Ryan McCall.

TEXAS

Austin

Run with Rex proceeds will support Rex Ryan, a little boy who has had several major surgeries, numerous rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and over 40 blood product transfusions. To be held on April 11 at Austin State Supported Living Center.

Runners of all levels of experience will participate in the 5th Annual Leander Lion 5K & 1K Cub Run on April 25. Races will take place on a closed course on the Leander High School campus.

Choose the organization cause or person you want to represent at the Run for Your Life Austin 5K Run/Walk on April 25. The event will be held at LifeAustin Church.

Houston

A festival and 5K will benefit Shaggy Dog Rescue. The April 11 event at Stude Park will feature a 5K with Pup Fun Run. Bring the whole family, including your (leashed) dog.

Halo House Foundation presets the Halo House 5K. The fundraising event raises funds for Halo House, which houses leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients undergoing cancer treatment at Texas Medical Center. The race begins on MD Anderson Blvd. on April 25.

Spring for Life 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for May 2 this year, raises funds for ovarian cancer research and raises awareness about the disease and its symptoms. 


Quick and Easy Craft Ideas
by Cara, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Taylor Morrison homeowners from Meadowlark in San Jose to Woodland Park in Orlando are wearing the green. We’ve pulled together a few quick craft ideas that you and your family can make faster than you can wish on a shamrock.


Find the end of the rainbow without the help of a leprechaun. With a little poster paint and some paper plates, even little kids can make these colorful twirlers.  Got some Fruit Loops™ and a bit of twine? That all it takes to string these easy, edible shamrock rainbow necklaces.

Want the luck o’ the Irish? Make your own shamrock garlands, bouquets, banners and door hangers from everyday objects. 

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Looking for Irish games, crafts and goodies? Learn how to set a leprechaun trap, bake traditional soda bread or shepherd’s pie and even make a bit of bright green play dough here.

Ready to discover your own pot of gold? Start here and find the Taylor Morrison home of your dreams


Kiss the Blarney Stone
by Cara, Monday, March 16, 2015

On Tuesday the 17th of March people across the nation bust out their green duds and scour the family tree for just a drop of Irish blood. After all, there’s just no party quite like St. Patty’s Day!

And if you happen to live in a Taylor Morrison community you’re in luck. From the desert to the Everglades we’ve combed the web for this year’s top St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in your neck of the woods.

So whether you’re into fun runs or running straight to a bar to order a pint of green beer, don’t forget to grab a shamrock and dance a jig this St. Patty’s Day. You don’t have to be in Dublin to experience the Luck of the Irish!

But check event dates carefully as many of these awesome activities take place on the weekend before the big day.

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Arizona – Cactuses are green, but don’t try to kiss one.

Phoenix:

If you’re living in Phoenix you absolutely can’t miss out on the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire. The parade will travel through several Phoenix neighborhoods starting on 3rd Street from Sheridan south to McDowell and the faire will feature three stages of Irish music and dancing as well as activities for kids and plenty of food.

The party kicks off at 10am on Saturday, March 14. No sleeping in!

Bag Pipes

California – The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Bay Area (East Bay):

When you can’t make it all the way to Ireland there’s always Dublin, California!

Roll out of bed early on Saturday to eat up at the Alameda County Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 - 10:00 AM at Fire Station #16, located at 7494 Donahue Drive in Dublin.

Next up the parade gets rolling at 9:30, running from Amador Plaza down Dublin Blvd. to Village Pkwy and on to Amador Valley Blvd.

A city sponsored festival runs from 10:00-5:00 both Saturday and Sunday at the Dublin Civic Center.

Bay Area (South Bay/San Jose):

If your idea of a St. Patty’s Day celebration is a weekend long pub crawl you’ll be glad you live near San Jose!

The Britannia Arms Almaden at 5027 Almaden Expy, San Jose will be pouring pints of green beer all weekend long with drink specials and the opportunity to pick up a specially engraved Guinness glass on Saturday for just ten bucks.

For a taste of proper Irish music head to O'Flaherty's Irish Pub on the 17th to hear The Crooked Road Céilí Band take you back to the old country.

Sacramento:

For the 19th year straight, residents of Sacramento will be treated to Northern California’s most colorful St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Featuring literally hundreds of vibrant marchers outfitted in green and traditional highland costume, this is a cultural event not to be missed. The procession kicks off from 2nd Street between Neasham Circle and O Street at 1 o’clock on the 15th, near the Crocker Art Museum.

You can find the full parade route here.       

Southern California (Eastern LA County):

For those who own real estate in Brea, CA there are a host of thrilling activities to choose from.

The legendary Queen Mary is the ideal locale for trying your legs at Irish dancing from 7pm to 1am on Sunday, March 15th. Don’t miss out on the best Celtic rock music in East Los Angeles.

Get your run on at the 4th Annual Leprechaun Leap on Sunday near The Tustin Hangar and head to Pershing Square in Los Angeles for a parade (10am) and concert (noon) on Tuesday the 17th.

Southern California (Orange County):

If you’ve recently purchased one of Taylor Morrison’s gorgeous new homes in Yorba Linda, check out all there is to do this St. Patty’s Day in the OC.

The weekend is full of family friendly events and the kids can meet a real live leprechaun at Pretend City on the 17th.

Southern California (South Orange County):

The OC Weekly has written a fantastic article on the area’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival.

The party will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa with a little something for everyone. From talented Irish musicians to costumed dancers and plenty of food, South Orange County knows what it means to shout Erin Go Bragh!

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Leprechauns in Colorado.

Denver:

The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14th will start a little earlier this year, at 9:30, so plan accordingly.

At nighttime those 21 and over will want to peruse this list of Irish pubs in Denver to best plan a St. Patty’s Day pub crawl!

Irish Dancers

Shamrocks in Florida       

Fort Myers/Naples:

Property in Fort Myers is sought after for its proximity to stunning beaches and a host of outdoor activities but that doesn’t mean residents can’t experience the joys of city life, too.

It’s easy to double down on Irish fun with Naples running their parade on the 14th and the Fort Myers Parade taking place on St. Patty’s Day itself. We hope you’ve got plenty of room for twice the corned beef and cabbage!

Jacksonville:

Buy a house in Jacksonville and you’ve bought a ticket to year round fun.

The Celtic Music and Heritage Festival simply rocks and the St. Patty’s Day Parade offers fun for the whole family.

Orlando:

Orlando isn’t just a place for taking a vacation. Just ask anyone who owns an Orlando area home.

Orlando does St. Patty’s Day right, with twenty killer events running from Thursday the 12th through Tuesday the 17th – you might just have to take a week off work to pack it all in! (Particularly if you happen to enjoy one too many green beers.)

Sarasota:

When the members of your Sarasota home are ready to get their green on, head to the Irish Celtic Festival & Lucky Dog Parade.

The 4th annual Irish Celtic Festival is planned for Saturday, March 14th from 11am to 4:00pm at Adventure Park off SR70 with popular Sarasota only events such as the dog and owner lookalike contest as well as a chance for the man in your life to show off his legs in a kilt!

Tampa:

The Mayor's River O'Green Fest is one of Tampa’s most popular annual festivals. Located at the gorgeous Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park the party’s backdrop is the Hillsborough River, lit up in bright green for St. Patty’s Day-

The celebration offers live entertainment, games, activities for kids, Irish food trucks, beer and more!

What’s best is that admission is totally free. Bring your family and your dog, too!

St. Patty's Day Parade

Everything’s Bigger in Texas, even St. Patrick’s Day

Austin:

Austin home sales have been through the roof over the past decade much in part to the city’s reputation as a Mecca for live music.

Check out your favorite Irish bands at St. Patrick’s Day Austin!       

Houston:

You don’t need to own a luxury home in Houston to take advantage of the best this vibrant city has to offer.

On Saturday the Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature a theme of Irish Roots and Texas Proud and FM 1960’s parade a day later includes a fun run, comedy night, crawfish boil and Cajun cook-off.


Remember to Take Care of Yourself
by Cara, Thursday, March 12, 2015

Whenever you’re feeling pulled in a million directions, remember to take care of yourself. Slow down and take a deep breath. You need to fit you into your day, or you won’t be any good to yourself or anyone else. It’s time to de-stress, refresh and get back to the natural, balanced rhythm of life.

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Here are a few tips to help you shake off the stress.

1. Practice yoga - Here at Taylor Morrison, we love joining along with Yoga with Adriene in the comfort of our own homes. Her online guides cover it all, from beginner classes to advanced, and they’re free. Check out her series 30 Days of Yoga.

2. Be thankful – As bad as things can get, there’s always something to be thankful for. Make a list of things you’re thankful for, like that first cup of coffee or tea that gave you a quiet moment to yourself; the child’s hug; the sun peaking out from behind the clouds after days on end of gloomy weather.

3. Go to sleep – Power down for a while. Just a few minutes in the middle of the day can refresh and sharpen your mind. If you can’t seem to go to sleep at night, try these simple tricks to help bring on the zzzzz’s.

4. Walk it off – Walking has a positive impact on your sense of well being. It’s good for your body, and it puts you more in touch with the world. Take a look at Thirteen Reasons to Go for a Walk.

5. Grow a houseplant – Here’s one you can indulge in as easily in snowy Castle Pines in Denver as in a Costa Mesa home in temperate California. As this article explains, people working near plants don’t suffer from fatigue, headaches and sore throats as often as plant-less people.

6. Take a relaxing soak – A long, warm bath does a soul good; add a few must-haves and it’ll do even more. 5 Steps to a Blissful De-Stressing Bath will make you long for some bathtub time.

7. Listen to music – Put some relaxing music on and feel the anxiety wash away. As The Easiest Way to Relax This Minute points out, there’s evidence that music can be more effective than prescription drugs in reducing stress levels.

8. Head to the spa – Massage therapy is good for what ails you, from tension to chronic illness. Read about the four methods that do wonders. 

9. Elevate your mood with food – Eating the right combination of foods can improve your ability to cope with stress. Bon appétite!  7 Foods You Should Be Eating Right Now


Texas Dance Halls
by Cara, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In Texas, where everything is larger than life, you’ll find a dance hall in just about any town or city you go to. The Lone Star state has been boot scootin’ in dance halls for more than a century and their origins are diverse, shaped by the state’s German, Polish, Czech, Tejano and African-American heritage.

If you live in one of our Texas communities, like Steiner Ranch and Reunion Ranch in Austin, or are looking for a new home in Houston or Austin, the dance hall experience shouldn’t be missed.

Dance Hall

In Austin

Little Longhorn Saloon has been a favorite on the honky-tonk country music scene for more than twenty years. Beer is chilled, happy hour happens six days a week, music is live and lively, and you never have to pay a cover to get in.

The Broken Spoke shines as an award winning, celebrity-attracting dance hall. Lauded as Best Honky-Tonk in Texas by Texas Highways magazine and Best Country Dance Hall in the Nation by Entertainment magazine, the Broken Spoke has attracted legendary football heroes, celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Robert Duval and Dolly Parton, and even the Queen of England’s entourage.

In Houston

Houston has enjoyed the presence of Wild West Houston for over three decades, and with a motto like Two-Steppin’ & Longneckin’, it’s easy to see why the hall is so popular. Visitors kick up their heels to the hottest country music, shoot pool, and enjoy beer and spirits, and a fun-loving crowd.

Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon is actually two halls, Big Texas Clear Lake to the north and Big Texas Spring to the south.  Both have specials every night, concerts and events and dance lessons, most for free.

Neon Boots Dancehall and Saloon is located the historic venue once known as Esquire Ballroom, where well-known acts, such as Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, filled the house from the 50s through the 90s. The new owners attract a diverse crowd with events throughout the week.

Before You Go

If you need to learn or polish your dance skills, get some pre-honky-tonking lessons here and here. To learn more about the history of Texas dance halls read Come Together: A Cultural Tour of Texas Dance Halls


Stone Point Grand Opening Celebration
by Cara, Thursday, March 05, 2015

Location location location! Northern California’s new Stone Point community in Roseville offers a premier location near area hospitals, high-end shopping, and dining venues. Now home shoppers can witness this amazing location for themselves at this weekend’s Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, March 7th from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can tour six stylish models, savor Italian-themed refreshments, enjoy a live radio remote and have a chance to win great door prizes such as an Il Fornaio gift card.

Stonepoint

Highlighted by three product lines – Contea, Prato and Villagio – Stone Point is where modern Italian meets the comfort and convenience of premier Roseville living. This beautiful collection of two-story homes, ranging in size from 1,832 to 2,654 square feet, boast 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2.5 to 4 bathrooms and 2-car garages. Homes are highlighted by spacious open floorplans that feature gourmet kitchens overlooking the adjoining dining and family rooms, elegant master suites with walk-in closets, convenient upstairs laundry rooms, unique outdoor living spaces and more. Residents will also have the opportunity to personalize their home with many options that may include additional bedrooms, luxurious upgrades and covered outdoor spaces. View the floorplans for Contea, Prato and Villagio.

Stone Point Kitchen

View one of our stunning designer-decorated model kitchens at Prato at Stone Point.

Ideally located at the corner of North Sunrise Avenue and Stone Point Drive, the community of Stone Point is central to nearly everything in Roseville. It’s just minutes away from the area’s most prominent attractions including the Galleria Mall, The Fountains, Golfland Sunsplash, as well as two area hospitals, great local restaurants, and two movie theaters. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy close proximity to golf courses and Secret Ravine Trail for walking or biking. The community is also within easy walking distance to boutique shops and restaurants. Situated with easy access to I-80, Stone Point is perfectly located only 15 miles from bustling downtown Sacramento and within a two-hour drive of Lake Tahoe.

Stone Point Shopping

Enjoy shopping at the Roseville Galleria or across the street at The Fountains at Roseville.

Don’t miss out on owning a beautiful brand new home at Stone Point in Roseville! Visit the community during the Grand Opening event or contact a sales agent at (916) 526-0811 or (916) 686-7470 to schedule your own private tour of this amazing new community and start living your Trademark at Stone Point today.








Treat Your Home to a Little TLC This Winter
by Cara, Tuesday, March 03, 2015

We all know about spring cleaning, but how about giving your home some care and attention this winter? Giving wintertime TLC to your home is especially important in communities where it snows, like Castle Pines in Denver. The To-Do List below gives you an overview of some important chores you might want to take care of.

Protect Your Plumbing

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Disconnect garden hoses and drain and shut off outdoor faucets. Check the pressure valves on the water heater to make sure there are no leaks. Make a note of where you can shut off the main water valve in the event it of freezing temperatures. Drain the water heater and remove any sediment that’s accumulated on the bottom.

Close the Gaps

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Fill gaps to keep the cold out. Outside, fill gaps with expansion foam. Clean or reapply caulking indoors around windows and doors. While you’re at it, check the caulking around showers, bathtubs and sinks, too. If any of your electrical outlets have holes around them, stall covers behind the plate.

Insulate

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Insulate exterior pipes properly so they won’t freeze. Add insulation where it’s needed in the attic, basement, crawl space and even the garage. Consider getting an insulated garage door and exterior doors.

Get Into Your Gutter

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Winter is a great time to protect your home and its foundation from pooling water. Maintain gutters and downspouts by cleaning them out regularly. Then, when it rains or snow begins to melt you won’t have to worry about debris clogging things up.

Banish Chirping Smoke Detectors

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Don’t lose sleep over pesky chirping detectors. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Never simply remove the batteries because you need the protection these devices provide.

Little Things Matter

Don’t forget all the little issues like creaking floorboards, noisy door hinges and lose towel racks. For tips on how to take care of these and other home repair issues, go to houselogic.com.