With a particularly strong El Niño cycle brewing in the Pacific Ocean this year — it may develop into the worst on record, scientists say — this winter could pack a wallop of weather disturbances on par with recent years.

Those living in colder climates such as Vermont are wise to prepare, whether you’re a seller needing to clear walkways and maintain a furnace in good condition or a buyer eager to know that your future home will be well-insulated and energy efficient to avoid surprises after you move in. Knowing how to winterize a home is more than half the battle.

There are 10 common winter problems you can avert. Find out what causes these issues and what the solutions are. Read more