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If you've had to leave home in a hurry, or are already away and not coming back as planned, and winter is fast approaching or already here, let us help. This service is specifically offered to help you winterize your home when you can't!


This service is for anyone with a home or cottage, and can be provided at any time.

We can photograph any condition requiring corrective action (e.g. interior/exterior appearance, contractor performance, insulation, storm damage), and send you the photo(s) by email or mobile text.

We add value to this service

>  The drive to and from your home to carry out tasks.

>  Flush all toilets, and add some anti-freeze in the tank and bowl of each toilet.

>  Turn off main water supply valve, and open faucets to depressurize lines.

>  Discard all perishable food items.

>  Make sure trash has been removed.

>  De-energize water heater at circuit breaker or wall outlet, and drain if possible.

>  Pour baking soda into garbage disposal.

>  Turn off ice maker and discard ice.

>  Reset A/C or heat to "away" settings.

>  Close the fireplace damper.

>  Change the furnace filter.

>  Ensure all heater vents are clear.

>  Bleed air pockets from radiators.

>  Close shutters, drapes, and blinds as per your instructions.

>  Open all closet and cabinet doors for air circulation.

>  Check that all accessible and unnecessary appliances, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, home theater/sound systems, phones, microwave oven, lamps, computers, stereos, etc. are turned off.

>  Check that all windows and doors are secured for extended absence. 

>  Check that security system is activated.

Why choose home shut down

Winterizing your vacant home or cottage protects your investment, and keeps it in good condition so that it can be sold, rented, or otherwise inhabited at a moment's notice without worry of unforeseen issues.

It's important that your home or cottage be winterized before winter arrives to prevent weather damage. If you fail to act in time, you may be in for some hefty repair bills. As the saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Feel reassured that your home or cottage will have been properly readied for your prolonged absence.

5 simple steps
  1. If you're a new client (you never used our services before) send us a Quote request. A returning client (you used our services before) needs to send us a Reservation request.

  2. We'll respond by emailing a detailed Quote to a new client, or a Reservation confirmation to a returning client

  3. If you're a new client, you need to inform us that you accept our Quote. A returning client does not need to accept the Reservation confirmation.

  4. The sitter we assign will contact you to schedule a Meet & Greet and/or prepare for the assignment. A Meet & Greet is required for new clients. Returning clients can opt out.

  5. Once you sign the Professional Sitting Service Agreement, give us a deposit, register for Ready Key, and give us the keys to your home, our service visits can start (if you are a new client, you must give a completed Veterinarian Notification Card to your Vet. before our first visit).

We offer flexibility

>  From 1 day a week to 7, and in any combination, e.g., every Tuesday and Thursday.

>  Normally occur between 8 AM and 8 PM (visits before 8 AM or after 8 PM, or overnight, are possible).

>  Common durations are 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes (longer visits, adding 15-minute increments, are possible)

>  1 to 4 visits per day are common (more are possible).

>  Any start time for a visit is possible.

>  Frequency, duration, and start times of visits are guided by the type and number of pets, and their needs.


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