How To Winterize Your Home

How To Winterize Your Home

Exercise, getting good sleep, eating well, laughing at yourself – there are some things in life that might not initially feel worthwhile, but we truly know they are. Taking care of your home can feel like a chore (I mean it’s the immediate image in my head when I think of a chore), but the effort at the end of the day will come back to us in spades. It’s important for people to know the condition and health of their home, so winterizing your house is not only a good way to maintain your house but it serves also as a periodic check-up so that you don’t miss something that could otherwise grow into a larger problem. Read over this little list and start putting a few items on your calendar, or in your reminders on your phone. You won’t regret it!


Lowe’s How To Winterize Your Home

Make sure your home is safeguarded against subfreezing temperatures. Our checklist will help you ensure you’re prepared.


  1. Protect Your Pipes
    Depending on the region of the United States you’re in, you’ll need to protect your pipes from bursting this winter.
    Frozen Pipes: Prevention and Repair
    Shop Pipe Insulation
  2. Time to Weatherproof
    Weatherstripping or installing storm doors and windows will prevent cold air from entering your home or heat from escaping it, which will reduce your power bills.
    Install a Storm Door
    Install a Door Sweep
    Weatherstrip Your Doors
    Weatherstrip Your Windows
    Shop Door Sweeps

    Shop Weatherstripping
  3. Check your Fireplace
    Animal nests or creosote buildup in your fireplace can be hazardous. Have an annual inspection before building your first fire of the season.
    Clean Your Fireplace
    Shop Fireplaces and Stoves
  4. Block the Cold
    Caulk around windows and use foam outlet protectors to prevent cold air from entering your home. However, the majority of heat loss typically occurs via openings in the attic. Check to make sure that you have enough insulation.
    Caulk Buying Guide
    How To Caulk
    Insulation Buying Guide
    Install Insulation
    Shop Caulk
    Shop Insulation and Accessories
  5. Change Your Thermostat
    Have you switched out your thermostat to a programmable version? If not, add this one to your list. A programmable thermostat lets you customize your heating so the system doesn’t run when you don’t need it. You can program the thermostat for one temperature when you’re at home and another when you’re away.

    Install a Programmable Thermostat
    Shop Programmable Thermostats
  6. Protect Your Plants
    You’ll need to bring plants and flowering trees inside before the first cold snap. Typically, you should bring your plants in before temperatures dip below 45 degrees.
    Winterize Your Garden
    Understanding Frost and Freeze Dates
    Shop Plant Protection
  7. Bring in the Outdoors
    Cold temperatures, snow and ice can damage outdoor furniture and grills. If possible, store them in the garage or basement. If you have a gas grill with a propane tank, close the tank valve and disconnect the tank first. It must be stored outside. If you don’t have storage space for your items, purchase covers to protect them from the elements. You also need to maintain your grill and cover it before putting it away for the season.
    Clean and Maintain Your Grill
    Shop Grill Covers
    Shop Outdoor Furniture Covers
  8. Maintain your Outdoor Equipment
    Outdoor power equipment such as mowers and string trimmers need to be cleaned and maintained prior to storing them. If you have a snow blower, it’s time to inspect it before the first snowfall to ensure it’s working properly. This is also a good time to stock up on ice melt.

    Why Own a Generator
    Caring for Outdoor Power Equipment
    Shop Outdoor Power Equipment
    Shop Ice Melt
  9. Save on Your Energy Bills
    Call your local power company to see if they conduct energy saving assessments. It’s often a free service in which a representative will identify specific changes to make your home more energy efficient and save you money. In addition to the suggestions above, LED light bulbs and hot water heater blankets can also make a difference.
    Shop LED Light Bulbs
    Shop Water Heater Blankets
New Listing Alert – Central Norman Church Site For Sale

New Listing Alert – Central Norman Church Site For Sale

Do you know a church family looking for a new church home?

If you know anyone looking for a new place to take their church congregation this is a great medium sized church building ready for a new group. The building was designed as a church, though the land remains zoned residential (R1) with a special use for a church. The building features: a full auditorium with seating space for up to 146 chairs, a sound booth, kitchen, a stage, an office just next to the stage, and of course 2 restrooms. The exterior features 60 parking spaces (including a covered drop-off area), and plenty of green space. There are also 2 sheds on the East side. Located just a few minutes from The University of Oklahoma there is plenty of potential for someone to plant themselves into this centrally located property.

Walk Through Tour - 2323 Classen (Cornerstone Church)

New Listing Alert!!! More details ---> you know anyone with a religious family that is hoping to find a new mid-sized church building? If so we might just have the ticket right here! The layout is simple and open, and with 60 parking spaces and a good sized lot there is plenty of potential for a multifunctional schedule and a good sized crowd when needed. If someone you know might be interested in a property like this have them call their Realtor to set up a showing.

Posted by Grady Carter - Home Boy Real Estate on Friday, October 26, 2018

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New Listing Alert!!! – Spacious Getaway in Newcastle

New Listing Alert!!! – Spacious Getaway in Newcastle

Full Disclosure; I’m a city mouse and I’ve never really lived where there was a little extra space to stretch my life out a little bit. That said there is a very special feeling that comes over me when I have the chance to go see a house with some room to breath. This house in Newcastle sits in one of the most striking neighborhoods I’ve seen in Oklahoma, no kidding… It’s worth a drive by at the least if you’re in the area. But as long as you’re here you might as well check out the walkthrough tour. 🙂


Walk Through Tour – 2084 NW 34th St

New Listing Alert!!! –

Well we’ve got a great new listing in Newcastle, Oklahoma! Sitting in the middle of a stunning neighborhood with some of the best views you’ll see in Oklahoma. Located on half of an acre this home is made for someone who wants a little extra space, but also wants to keep quick access to ammenities. Highlights include: 4 bed, 3 bath, 3 car garage, a split bedroom plan, and a truly scenic little corner of the world! Call your Realtor if you want to set up a time to go see it for yourself.

Grady Carter
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma

Posted by Grady Carter – Home Boy Real Estate on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

$20k Price Drop By Campus!

$20k Price Drop By Campus!

Well we’ve got a big ole price drop here! This very grand home and the lot that it sits on are located at the end of a very cozy cul-de-sac near The University of Oklahoma. Speaking of schools McKinley Elementary School is very highly desired, I’m sure you could ask any parent who lives in the district if you don’t already know this.

Having tons of living space 2816 Majesty Court is set up wonderfully for living comfortably and entertaining. And having 3 and a half bathrooms to accompany the 4 bedrooms makes for a great deal of bathroom privacy. If you have this home on your list of homes to see call your Realtor and set up an appointment, and if it’s not on your list it’s probably time to change that my friend! 🙂

Walk Through Tour – 2816 Majesty
New Listing Alert!!! Looking for houses in the heart of Norman can be a tough task. But don’t worry, we’ve got another great house in McKinley School District, just a short walk away from Campus. The layout, and location will make this home something to talk about. Since it sits at the end of a cul-de-sac the backyard is really a delightful surprise for being so big in down. Come in and take a look online, and/or call today to set up a private viewing.

Grady Carter
Metro Brokers of OK

Posted by Grady Carter – Home Boy Real Estate on Friday, June 29, 2018



Open House Alert: New Norman Listing – Sun., August 5th, 2:00-4:00

Open House Alert: New Norman Listing – Sun., August 5th, 2:00-4:00

I’ve got a great new Norman listing that I’ll be holding open on Sunday, August 5th from 2:00 to 4:00. If you will be out and about come by and see me, or else! This great house really lives large because of the great room layouts and sizes, so feel free to watch this walk through tour, or call your Realtor to schedule an appointment today.

Grady Carter

Realtor®, GRI – Metro Brokers of Oklahoma


Walkthrough Tour – 108 Highland Terrace

New Listing Alert!!! –
This wonderful Norman home is really ready for a new owner! With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a 3 car garage this house has a bunch of great space at an affordable price for someone looking for a newer home. Call your Realtor if you want to see it in person!

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Grady Carter
Gwen Holmes Arveson
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma

Posted by Grady Carter – Home Boy Real Estate on Friday, July 27, 2018

Big Price Drop On Campus!

Big Price Drop On Campus!

We’ve got ourselves a big price drop by campus in Norman! There is a lot that could be said about living in this area (which I do very much on purpose), or the wonderful charm of 636 E Boyd, but you should really come see it for yourself if this could possibly be in your wheelhouse!

-Grady Carter

Questions? Please feel free to contact me!



Metro Brokers of Oklahoma


636 E Boyd
Norman, Oklahoma 73071
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Walk Through Tour – 636 E Boyd

New Listing Alert!!!

636 E Boyd Street, Norman, OK

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And see the full listing here ——->

Who is looking for an amazing campus home in Norman, Oklahoma?! Just an arrow’s flight from The Mont Restaurant and The University of Oklahoma this amazing historical home has tons of character! It boasts: a split plan with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 living/flex spaces, and a recently updated kitchen. The kitchen looks out over a fantastic covered patio just waiting to entertain before a game, or to sit on while a rain storm rolls through town. And don’t miss the wonderful newly added Pella windows. And if you love older homes you will love these original hardwood floors. There is plenty about the house to tell you about, but I highly recommend that you just come and see it for yourself. Call your Realtor to set up an appointment today!

Grady Carter
Metro Brokers of OK
(405) 474-2905

Posted by Grady Carter – Home Boy Real Estate on Thursday, July 27, 2017