Expert Tips To Winterize Your High-Elevation Home

65 Waterbuck Way | Verdi, Nevada 89439

We are all drawn to the majesty and allure of high-elevation homes. Stunning views, snowy peaks, crisp air, and high-desert landscapes blend nature with lifestyle. 

Part and parcel for the Lake Tahoe/Reno region is safeguarding your home (possibly your most significant financial investment) from snow, wind, ice, and critter damage. With elevations ranging from 4,500 (Reno) to 8,923 (Mount Rose Summit), freezing temperatures and snow can arrive unexpectedly — often sending homeowners scrambling for winter supplies in less-than-favorable conditions. 


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So, as days get shorter and fall presents its golden palette, it’s time to check off your winter home protection list. To help you, we’ve collected our top tips from local sources. Getting a jump on winter preparations guarantees more time for carving slopes and cradling mugs of hot deliciousness.  




  • Install snow poles to mark walkways, propane tanks, firewood storage,  driveways, outdoor steps, and mailboxes.
  • Fertilize, aerate, and reseed your lawn along with seasonal pruning.
  • Make sure your snowblower is serviced and ready for action.
  • Drain and shut off the irrigation system, store garden hoses, and winterize fountains/ponds.
  • Cover and store patio furniture, outdoor rugs, flower pots, and decor.
  • Clean up yard debris, including leaves, then mulch to protect plants.





  • Wrap vulnerable pipes to prevent breakage.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and thermostats.
  • Switch ceiling fans to run clockwise, pushing down warm air.
  • Inspect and service your home’s backup generator.
  • Declutter garages, storage sheds, and areas critters may want to hibernate.
  • Clean and inspect fireplaces, chimneys and change heating filters.



Home Exterior:

  • Scan your roof line for missing/loose shingles, exterior siding for gaps, and areas where water or rodents can enter
  • Inspect heat tape and close exterior foundation vents.
  • Make sure all outdoor lights are functioning. 

Snow Prep:

  • Purchase new snow scrapers, shovels, and eco-friendly ice melt.
  • Emergency power outage – keep extra medicines, including pets, cooking grill, and candles on hand. 
  • Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries, plus an emergency radio. 
  • Inspect seasonal clothing and shoes. 
  • Snow tires can be on your vehicle from Nov. 1 – May 1.



On The Road:

  • Carry an emergency kit with a blanket, snow/ice scraper, water, flashlight, snacks for humans and pets, tire chains, and flares. 
  • Install winter windshield wipers. 
  • Review winter driving safety tips for the Sierra Mountain range.



 “We are fortunate to live in a globally renowned area where nature and daily life merge. Our skilled real estate advisors provide hands-on knowledge to ensure clients have the necessary information to prepare for seasonal changes.” Jenny Johnson, President | Managing Broker


With a bit of effort in the fall, you can greet winter with peace of mind, knowing you (and your home) will be snug and ready for the first snowfall. 


By Sandi Solomonson