Re: Winterization - Need advice. - Posted by Ron (MD)
Posted by Ron (MD) on February 21, 2001 at 21:34:44:
I’m in Maryland, not in nordic Illinois, so things may be different there. We do, however, have freezes here.
I’ve rehabbed about 40 houses in the last three years and sometimes they have been winterized. Almost always, they’ve been vacant for some time before I owned them.
Jim IL is a very smart, experienced guy, but here’s another perspective.
I don’t do anything special when I start a rehab…whether it’s been winterized or not. Either way, you don’t know if it’s gone through a winter without winterized. Even if it was winterized this year, it may have sat empty through a cold winter the year before without the benefit of winterization.
Either way, I don’t have the luxury of turning the water on prior to purchase. I’m buying fixer-uppers and I know I might have plumbing problems…although I usually don’t. When a contractor starts work in a house, he opens the main water valve, which the “winterizer” will have turned off. He then automatically looks around for obvious problems. Not a big deal.
Now, you didn’t say that your house was fixer-upper. You might be paying more for a house in better condition and not expecting to do significant repairs. In that case, you might be able to get the water turned on for a few days for you to inspect.
HUD, for example, has specific provisions for automatically allowing buyers to turn on utilities prior to settlement for just this purpose.
Again, this might be a much bigger deal in chilly Illinois, but I’ve never done things suggested by Jim.