pre-listing inspection will help you avoid unforeseen obstacles that could slow or stall the sale of your home

9 Home Inspection Tips to Help Sellers Get Their Homes Sold Faster

Selling a home can be just as stressful, if not more stressful, than buying a home.

If you are trying to buy a home yourself, and it’s contingent on selling your existing home or actively paying a mortgage on two separate homes, then the pressure to sell quickly can be unbearable.

One way sellers can ease this pressure and avoid obstacles in the closing process is with a pre-listing inspection. This article will outline the benefits of a pre-listing inspection for sellers and outline eleven home inspection tips for sellers to ease this process.

pre-listing inspection will help you avoid unforeseen obstacles that could slow or stall the sale of your homeWhy Should You Get a Pre-Listing Inspection?

The nationwide average for closing times is around 44 days, though this could easily double or triple in length with a bad inspection report.

For sellers under pressure to sell fast, unforeseen issues that inevitably come up in an inspection report can mean waiting weeks to repair or relisting the home at a lower price.

That’s why we often recommend a pre-listing inspection on your current home as the first step in selling it or buying another one.

By conducting a pre-listing inspection and getting an honest assessment of its condition, you will be able to:

  • Price your home accurately, understanding how much you can get in equity to finance a new home.
  • Market your home appropriately to attract the right buyers.
  • Proactively make repairs that could delay closing times and actively imperil any offer you’ve made on another home.

What Does a Pre-Listing Inspection Check?

A pre-listing inspection provides the same overview of your home as a traditional residential home inspection that any buyer would purchase. Some of the most important elements of the inspection include:

  • Structural integrity: The condition of the roof, foundation, and floors.
  • Plumbing Issues: The condition of pipes, water heaters, and water pressure.
  • Electrical Issues: The condition of wires, electrical boxes, and outlets.
  • HVAC Issues: The condition of all heating and cooling equipment.

However, a pre-listing inspection will be more thorough than that. Most inspectors will evaluate every inch of your property and outline any problems they spot, from a chimney with poor flashing to a bedroom door knob that doesn’t function properly.

9 Tips for Homeowners to Prepare for an Inspection

You may think you are powerless during a home inspection, but there are many things you can do to help your inspector and clean up your inspection report.

1. Find the Right Inspector

First, it’s essential to find the right inspector. A good inspector will be able to identify any issues that may come up in a future inspection report and save you the headache.

There are many resources to find an inspector, including:

  • Your realtor or brokerage
  • Referrals from friends and family
  • Online directories and review sites

One thing to keep in mind is certification. Look for things like certification from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) to find a properly qualified inspector. There are even tiers of service, with a Certified Master Inspector representing the highest tier.

2. Make Small Repairs Where Possible

While most people can’t fix a roof, you can be proactive in helping your inspection report by making small repairs wherever possible. Ideas could include:

  • Fixing loose door knobs
  • Sanding down doors that stick
  • Patching any holes in walls or ceilings
  • Tightening railings
  • Fixing leaking or dripping pipes
  • Applying caulk to cracks
  • Using pest control to eliminate any pests
  • Repairing or replacing weatherstripping
  • Fixing light switches or loose outlet covers
  • Ensuring locks work properly

3. Conduct Exterior Maintenance

Likewise, it helps to conduct some exterior maintenance on your home. This will also add some serious curb appeal. Some ideas include:

  • Trimming overgrown brush
  • Clearing out clogged gutters and downspouts
  • Positioning downspouts away from the home
  • Repairing loose bricks, stones, or cement.
  • Painting and sealing wooden decks or porches.
  • Power spraying your siding.
  • Eliminating any birds or wasps nests.

4. Get Your HVAC System Tuned Up

Unlike many appliances in your home, heating and cooling systems require routine maintenance over the years to ensure they are in working order. This includes cleaning filters, though it often pays to hire a local contractor to ensure your refrigerant and coils are working on all cooling systems.

Ductwork inspections should also be done routinely to inspect for cracks and leaks that rob you of energy efficiency.

5. Inspect for Water Damage

Water damage is a massive concern for homeowners, and it can lead to issues like mold, pests, and damage to interior framing components. Inspect for water damage before an inspection to see if any repairs need to be made or if an additional mold inspection should be completed.

  • Look for wet spots around pipes.
  • Inspect pipes in your basement drop ceiling for corrosion and loose fittings.
  • Search for cracks in drywall.
  • Inspect for mold in areas where visible.
  • Monitor humidity and moisture content in rooms with poor ventilation.

6. Clean and Eliminate Any Clutter

Tidying up your home and getting rid of clutter will allow the inspector to thoroughly search every inch of your home without missing any issues. Even just keeping your home neat could result in a more positive inspection report.

7. Ensure Utilities Are in Working Order

Inspect all utility hookups, including electrical, gas, water, and septic, to ensure they are in working order. For homes with septic systems, it often pays to complete a septic inspection to ensure all parts and filters are in working order.

8. Give Inspectors Enough Time and Space for Inspections

Some people recommend being present during inspections, but for sellers, it makes sense to give an inspector enough freedom to conduct the inspection at their own pace. This may require you to leave for an hour or two and possibly take your pet or restrict them to one room of the house.

9. Disclose All Known Issues

State law requires you to disclose all known issues to buyers, but it’s good practice to do the same for your inspector. This will give them a good starting point to look at and allow them to determine the extent of the damage.

Next Steps for Sellers

If the inspection report comes back positive, you can list your home and price it confidently.

However, if the report uncovers some major issues that do require repair or a close eye, there are a few options you can pursue:

  • Hire a Contractor for Repairs: This is often the most straightforward solution, especially for major repairs that require technical knowledge. The important thing here is finding a contractor you trust that can make the repairs quickly.
  • Make the Repair Yourself: This is not recommended for major repairs, but many homeowners don’t want to pay the additional cost of a contractor. Just be sure to disclose that you made the repairs yourself when providing the inspection report, as some buyers may want a follow-up inspection.
  • Sell Home As-Is: This isn’t a bad option if you want to sell your home quickly, but it may require repricing the home.

Overall, a pre-listing inspection will help you avoid unforeseen obstacles that could slow or stall the sale of your home and allow you to make the necessary adjustments before listing.

FAQs

Should I provide documentation of past repairs or maintenance?

Yes, providing documentation of repairs, maintenance, and upgrades can demonstrate that the home has been well cared for and can alleviate buyer concerns.

Do I need to disclose known issues?

Yes, sellers are typically required to disclose known issues with the property. Honesty is crucial to avoiding legal issues and maintaining trust with potential buyers.


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15 Reasons You Need a Home Inspection in NEPA

Even Northeast Pennsylvania’s housing market is not immune to price hikes and the glut of increased demand that rapidly outpaces supply.

According to Zillow, home values in the area rose by 6% between April 2023 and 2024.

Unfortunately, a National Association of Home Builders Housing Trends Report states that being outbid is the number one reason buyers lose out on homes.

One way that house hunters have tried to gain an advantage in the housing market has been to waive inspection requirements to make their offers more attractive to sellers. However, this has several potential consequences, including financial devastation and health hazards.

While viewed as an added expense, a residential home inspection can offer homeowners insurance against the worst possible consequences and give them confidence in their purchase. Even sellers can benefit from getting their homes inspected before listing by anticipating possible repairs and increasing their marketability.

This article will discuss fifteen benefits of performing a home inspection in NEPA and why you should never waive one.

10 Reasons Buyers Should Perform a Home Inspection Before Purchase

Unlike your deposit, a home inspection is one expense that cannot be refunded when you put an offer on the house.

However, if something in the inspection prevents you from buying that house, then the benefits of the inspection far outweigh the costs.

Here are some concrete reasons why you absolutely should get a home inspected before purchase.

1. Eye Inspections Don’t Pain the Full Picture

Most house hunters are more allured by a home’s cosmetic details than its structural details. Unfortunately, a home walkthrough does not give you the full picture of its safety and condition.

Unless you have extensive knowledge of construction, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work, you are basically leaving these features up to chance that they are in good condition without a proper inspection.

2. Avoid Safety Hazards

The most important reason to perform a home inspection is to protect the health and safety of your family. A qualified residential home inspector will be able to provide a detailed report of a home from the ground up, including essential components like its:

  • Foundation
  • Roofing
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Siding/Facade
  • Framing

A home inspector will literally inspect every inch of your home, from the porch you first enter through to every door, inch of crawl space, attic component, and everything in between.

3. Protect You from a Potentially Bad Investment

From a financial perspective, a home inspection identifies any issues requiring immediate or future repair.

Many first-time buyers in Pennsylvania don’t anticipate the amount of cash required to cover closing costs, typically 2-5% of the home’s total value. Add in possible roofing, foundation, or HVAC repair, and your dream home can quickly become a financial nightmare.

4. Give You Peace of Mind

Conversely, a good home inspection can give you added peace of mind that you are not trapping yourself into a poor financial decision. If you’ve ever purchased a home, you know the anxiety of waiting to hear back from an inspector and appraiser.

Having confidence in your purchase is simply priceless.

5. Offer Leverage for Negotiations

If a home you are looking to purchase does come back with defects and issues that require immediate repair, this can give you leverage as a seller to lower the asking price and possibly save you short-term money.

In many cases, sellers may be willing to accept this, especially if it means having them avoid covering the cost of repair and waiting to re-list their home (while still paying on the mortgage).

6. Help You Budget for Future Repairs

A detailed home inspection will help you identify issues that require long-term repair. Knowing this will help you avoid surprise purchases down the road, such as installing a new furnace or appliance, which can be equally devastating financially.

7. Option to Bundle Repairs Into the Selling Price

In this scenario, a seller may add the cost of repairs to a home to its asking price, essentially allowing you to pay for those repairs throughout your loan instead of with cash on hand. This strategy is similar to bundling closing costs into your loan and may suit some buyers, depending on their financial needs.

8. Many Homes in NEPA Are Very Old

Depending on the type of home you’re trying to purchase in the area, it could face unique issues related to its age. Outdated electrical work, such as knob-and-tube wiring, is very commonly found in many older homes in the area, especially around Scranton, Bloomsburg, and the Wilkes-Barre areas

Even smaller issues, such as poor insulation, outdated windows, or lack of ventilation in a bathroom, are very commonly found in older homes and should be updated.

9. Even New Construction Runs Into Issues

Likewise, newer homes are not immune to shoddy workmanship. In fact, newer homes are often more likely to suffer from foundation issues, poor flooring installation, and grading/drainage issues.

10. Avoid Health Concerns Like Radon and Mold

Finally, we recommend homeowners protect themselves from dangerous pathogens like radon and mold by performing a special indoor air quality and radon test. While not required, this can protect your family’s health or those of those residing in that home.

5 Reasons Sellers Should Get an Inspection Before Listing

If most buyers are willing to perform an inspection on their own dime, then why should sellers do so? However, there are multiple benefits to a pre-listing inspection, especially in a buyer’s market.

1. Gain Accurate Pricing

Appraisals rely more on cosmetic details and comparative homes in the area for pricing, not necessarily their condition. A home inspection will allow you to gain more accurate pricing. Who knows? A positive home inspection may even allow you to raise the price.

2. Expedite the Listing and Sales Process

One of the best reasons to proactively hire a home inspector is to list your home faster and speed up the closing process. Depending on the buyer, they may accept the results of your home inspection report, especially if a trusted inspector in the area did it.

3. Control the Repairs

Completing a pre-listing inspection gives you control of the repairs, including who’s making them and what you’re paying for them. This allows you to save money and know the job was done right.

4. Avoid Legal Complications

Selling a home that is not up to local building codes can delay and even stop your home sale in its tracks. Depending on the city, you may be required to make immediate repairs or provide certain disclosures to get your home listed.

5. Attract the Right Buyers

Finally, conducting a proactive inspection increases the marketability of your home by outlining its new repairs or features. This will help connect you with the right buyers, especially if you want top dollar for your home.

Do Not Waive a Home Inspection

Waiving a home inspection could end up leaving you saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in repair and an unsafe home.

While there may be a small upfront investment to perform a home inspection, the return on investment in terms of avoided costs and peace of mind far outnumber the few hundred dollars you have to pay a home inspector.

We also recommend additional inspections, such as septic inspections if you are buying a home with a septic tank and a pest inspection if there is evidence of termite damage.

For the most comprehensive and reliable home inspection results in NEPA, turn to the experts at Mountain to Valley Home Inspections. Contact us for a free quote today and to see how we can assist you!

FAQs

What does a home inspection include?

A standard home inspection covers, but is not limited to:

  • Structural components (foundation, walls, roof)
  • Exterior components (siding, windows, doors)
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical systems
  • Heating and cooling systems (HVAC)
  • Interior components (walls, ceilings, floors)
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Fireplaces and chimneys

How long does a home inspection take?

The duration of a home inspection varies based on the size and condition of the home, but it typically takes 2-4 hours. Most homeowners can expect to see results in 2-4 business days.

What happens if the inspector finds problems?

If the inspector finds issues, you can use the inspection report to negotiate with the seller for repairs, a price reduction, or credit toward closing costs. In some cases, you may decide to withdraw your offer based on the severity of the issues.


What we Believe in: Justin

The goal of Cozy Coats for Kids is to improve the well-being of children in need by providing them with the opportunity to choose their own brand-new winter coat. This charity is very important to me as there are so many children that cannot obtain this basic necessity. As a father of two children I feel it is so important that no child be cold during the winter or ever. The vision of this charity is for every child in need to receive a free brand-new winter coat in their favorite color and style. They partner with schools, social services, and other nonprofit agencies along with home inspection agencies in order to ensure that all children are given a new, warm, and stylish coat. This organization believes, as do I that by giving a child a brand-new winter coat and having them know that it was specially delivered and chosen for them not only instills confidence, but also improves their overall wellbeing to help them gain the confidence to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.


What We Believe In: Rachel

One thing that all of us at Mountain to Valley Home Inspections believe in is the importance in giving back to those around us. This can be anything from donations of money or in the giving of our time to help those in need within our communities. For me, I volunteered as a tutor at the McGlynn Center for over two years. This is an after-school program in Wilkes-Barre, PA that helps at risk children by giving them the tools they need to succeed. Every child would also get a snack after attending the tutoring sessions and I was able to donate goodie bags for them for the holidays. Through working with the other wonderful volunteers at the center, I learned that one small act of kindness can have on a huge impact on child's life. It was also there, that I learned about the Catherine Mcauley Center and their strong need for help especially around the holidays, to be able to provide women and children with gifts for Christmas. My family and I were able to adopt a family and donate presents to them. They also greatly welcome donations of hygiene products anytime throughout the year and are in Plymouth, PA (Call 570- 342-1342 if interested on helping out). Being able to work with the people here at Mountain to Valley Home Inspections that share my views on the importance of helping those in need around us is something that I cherish, as it is hard to find especially in these uncertain times.

If you would like to help out contact the McGlynn Center at (570)824-8891 to learn about what is needed in order to get started as a volunteer!


Maintaining your Sump Pump during the Winter

Winter maintenance is important in ensuring that your electrical appliances don’t fail due to extreme weather. Given the unpredictability of the winters in NEPA, we recommend winterizing most appliances in your home that will not be used, from your hot water heater to your sump pump. 

Unfortunately, damaged sump pumps are one of the most common home inspection errors we see in a lot of homes in NEPA. This guide will help you prolong the longevity of your sump pump through some simple winter maintenance.

Remove the Discharge Hose

First, you can begin by removing your sump pump discharge hose for the winter. By removing the hose connecting your sump pump to the discharge pipe and leaving it disconnected until warmer weather returns, you will prevent it from freezing. 

Since this hose is exposed to the elements more than any other part of your system, it’s essential to start here. It’s also important to remember to re-attach the hose when it becomes warmer out as things will begin to thaw.

You can also choose to have an extra discharge hose. With the extra hose, you can remove one hose if it freezes and replace it with the spare while the first thaws out. 

Keep Your Sump Pump Running

A common misconception among homeowners is that you should unplug your sump pump for the winter to protect it.

You should never unplug your sump pump because if the weather warms up and snow or a rain storm hits your area, your basement could flood

Clean Out the Sump Pit

Clear out debris from your sump pump's pit that may have accumulated through the summer and fall. You should make sure that there is no dirt, ice, gunk, or any other debris that might inhibit the system. This will help to prevent clogs in the intake or discharge pipes and prevent mold from accumulating that can spread around the home. 

Test Your Pump to Ensure Its Functional

You should also test your pump regularly. During the winter months, run some water through it to ensure that it is functioning properly. Run a test every few weeks to keep your sump pump running in tip-top shape. 

Inspect Your Discharge Pipe

Another important tip is to make sure that your discharge pipe gets rid of water away from your home. Your pump's discharge pipe takes water from your sump pump and disposes of it away from your home. If your discharge pipe is too close, the water could keep seeping back into your sump pump and cause it to run continuously. It is recommended that water be discharged at least ten feet away from your home's foundation to prevent damage and cracks from forming.

You can even wrap your pipe with a thermal blanket like any other pipe in your home to prevent it from freezing. 

Keep Your Basement Warm 

Lastly, we recommend that you keep your heat on in your basement. By keeping your basement warm, you can prevent any of your home's pipes from freezing. Consider upgrading your insulation to save money and keep your basement warm during the freezing months. 

We hope that these tips will help you prevent damage to your sump pump and ensure that it is properly maintained!


How to Prevent your Pipes from Freezing

Of the many consequences that cold weather can bring in NEPA, frozen pipes are one of the most destructive. Repairing burst pipes could end up costing you hundreds of dollars and lead to issues like mold and foundation cracks. For people with burst pipes, we also recommend a follow-up home inspection to ensure further damage has not occurred. 

Unfortunately, frozen pipes can occur in homes with both plastic and copper pipes, so it is important to know what to do to prevent them. By taking the following precautions, you can reduce the risk of frozen water pipes and the resulting damage a bursting pipe can cause.

  1. Insulate Your Pipes

You can first begin insulating exposed pipes, as these are the most susceptible to freezing. Heat tape and cables can be used to wrap around pipes and retain heat. When using these tapes and cables, it is important that you use products approved by an independent testing organization and only for how you intend to use them, for either exterior or interior pipes. You should also follow all directions provided on the packaging. 

  1. Seal All Leaks

Sealing air leaks in your basement and attic can also be beneficial as it will prevent cold air from entering these areas and freezing your pipes. You should start by looking for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes, and then use caulk or expanding foam insulation to keep the cold out. 

  1. Open Cabinets to Allow Heat In

Opening cabinet doors can allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes that are under your sinks. Do this in any area of the home where pipes are present, such as bathrooms and kitchens. If you have pipes that run along the wall through bedrooms, open up panels and allow heat from the home to keep these pipes warm. 

  1. Allow Water to Trickle

Allowing a trickle of hot or cold water to drip overnight can also prevent the freezing of your pipes. Any water, regardless of the temperature, will help melt ice that forms inside the pipe, preventing it from freezing.  

  1. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses

Securing outdoor houses, valves, and faucets is also an important winter maintenance tip to remember. You should disconnect your garden hose and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain the water from the pipes leading to your outside faucets. This reduces the chances of your pipes freezing in the short amount of pipe inside of your home.

  1. Turn Up Your Thermostat

Adjusting your thermostat can also be yet another way to protect your pipes. By keeping your thermostat set at the same temperature during the day and night, you prevent freezing, and during extreme cold, this helps to reduce the strain that your furnace may also be facing.

  1. Insulate Attics and Basements

If you want long-term relief against frozen pipes, you’ll need to upgrade the insulation in areas of your home where pipes are exposed, such as attics or basements. Work with an insulation contractor to install your insulation so that all areas are properly ventilated. 

What to Do If Your Pipes Do Freeze

Now that you know what should be done to prevent freezing pipes, what happens if yours freeze?

If you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out leave it turned on and call a plumber! You should also avoid the use of appliances near water, as areas with standing water could cause electrocution. 

You should shut off your water supply if your pipes have already burst by cutting them off from the main supply. With the faucet still on, take a hair dryer (if you’re not near standing water) and heat the pipe to allow the ice to thaw. 

Winterizing your pipes will help shield them from the threat of frost. Now that you know what things can be done to prevent your pipes from freezing and the tools necessary if something does go astray to help you, you can rest easy this winter!


Maintaining Your HVAC Filter

One of the most common HVAC issues we find on home inspections is poor maintenance as a result of a dirty or clogged filter. While a dirty filter won’t spell the end of your HVAC unit just yet, it will slowly rob it of its energy efficiency and eventually degrade its interior components. 

Fortunately, maintaining an HVAC filter is very easy and straightforward and only requires routine cleaning about once or twice a month. This guide will discuss the importance of maintaining your HVAC filter and how to clean it thoroughly. 

The Importance of HVAC Filter Maintenance

Maintaining your HVAC filter is incredibly important for several reasons. For one, it helps maintain indoor air quality. A clean filter also helps keep your family safe by reducing allergens and dust that circulate through the air. 

Cleaning your filter also allows you to save on energy costs. When filters are clogged with dirt, they have to work harder to maintain the same temperature, which will increase your energy bill each month. 

Lastly, regularly maintaining your filter allows you to maximize the system's life. A clogged filter, as we now know, causes the system to work overtime, which may cause it to overheat, resulting in leaks and electrical issues.

Now that we can see why maintaining your HVAC filter is important, the question is, how do we do this? 

Types of HVAC Filters

Before we discuss how to clean your filters, it is important to know that there are two types of HVAC filters:

1.) Disposable: These filters should be thrown away once they become clogged or dirty. They consist of a cardboard frame that is not designed to withstand spraying from a hose or continuous use. Disposable filters should be replaced at least every three months

2.) Permanent: Instead of cheap cardboard frames, most standard HVAC filters have fiberglass frames. They may cost more upfront, but in the long run, can save you money as these can be cleaned and then reused.

How to Clean Reusable HVAC Filters

To clean your permanent filter, first turn off the heating or air conditioner and then locate your HVAC unit's service panel. Once you have found this, open it to remove the filter. Clean the filter with running water, either from your sink or a garden hose. It is important to wait until your filter is completely dry before reinserting it back into your system.

Quick Tips for Maintaining Your HVAC Filter

  • Follow manufacturer instructions for cleaning and maintaining your HVAC filter. 
  • Use a special cleaner designed for your filter to prolong its life.
  • Set a reminder on your phone for every month to clean your HVAC filter when the system is in use. Make it part of your spring cleaning and summer maintenance routine.
  • Inspect filters for damage after each cleaning and replace filters when they become torn or have holes present.

By following these easy steps, you will be able to not only protect the health of your family, but also save on energy costs and lengthen the life of your HVAC system!


Winterizing Your Water Heater

Like so many appliances, your hot water heater only gets thought of when it breaks and when it gets brought up on a home inspection report. While your water heater is designed to withstand frost by nature, if you are leaving your home or not using your hot water heater for an extended period of time, the pipes surrounding it might freeze. 

One way to prevent this from happening is to winterize your hot water heater in the same way you would winterize your pipes on a very cold day. This simple 3-step guide will demonstrate how to winterize your hot water heater for an extended period of downtime. 

The Importance of Protecting Your Hot Water Heater

Like gutters and pipes, winterizing your hot water heater is essential to maintaining your home through extreme cold weather. If your hot water heater is not in use and freezes, all the water inside the pipes will expand, destroying the system.

Worse yet, it could lead to leaks and pipe bursts that result in mold and foundation cracks

Precautionary Steps

Before you begin winterizing your hot water heater, you must make sure to turn off the water and gas supply or unplug the heater if yours happens to be electric. Once this is done, you need to make sure the pilot light is turned off along with the knob on the heater control box. This will prevent accidental electrocution or injury during this process. 

Step 1: Drain the Tank

The next step is to drain the tank. To do this, you must first locate the drain near the bottom of your water heater and attach your garden hose to it. Then, you will be able to drain the water into a bucket until it is empty. While doing this make sure your air vent is open at the top of the water heater.

Step 2: Let Water Drain Through Your Faucets

Now that your tank is empty, you should turn on all the faucets in your home and leave them open. When you do, some water may come out, but it should stop in just a few minutes. Be sure to keep lower-level faucets open in your basement as well to allow all the hot water to drain out entirely. 

Step 3: Insulate Your Tanka and Pipes

We highly recommend purchasing a water heater blanket to protect the equipment while it is not being used, keeping it warm and preventing ice from forming. Not only should the water heater be protected from the cold, but the pipes leading up to it as well. To protect your pipes, you should purchase some insulation and wrap it around them using duct tape to secure it in place.

By following these simple and easy steps you can enjoy your time away from the cold and relax knowing your water heater has been taken care of and will work properly upon your return!