Thursday, November 21, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
Winter is quickly approaching and cold weather is coming right along with it. If you’re thinking of selling your home during the colder months, now is the time to take care of prepping your home for the winter season. Before the deep freeze hits, you’ll want to make sure you’ve done your seasonal maintenance. By preparing for the impending weather, you can address any issues that may get worse with colder temperatures or just keep your home in the best condition to make sure your property is in top shape no matter the season. Here is a great reference checklist to make sure you’re doing the basics to get your home ready for the cold- whether you plan to list your home or not!
1. Rake it up.
Everyone loves the changing leaves, except your grass. Leaving fallen leaves in your yard can kill you grass and prevent growth in the spring. Make sure you keep those leaves raked up!
2. Check your gutters.
Those same leaves that can kill your grass can also clog your gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to plenty of other issues, so be sure to periodically check your gutters to prevent buildup.
3. Don’t forget your roof.
You don’t want fall to pass and winter to arrive only to find out you’re missing a few shingles. While you’re checking your gutters, make sure to check on your roof too. Pay particular attention to roof vents and make sure all flashing is sealed and secured to keep the water out.
4. Store summer decor.
If you are set to get cold temperatures this fall, take the time to pack away your summer items. If your patio furniture isn’t equipped for a surprise snow storm, you’ll be glad you took the time to store it away now.
5. Prevent frozen pipes.
No one wants frozen, bursting pipes. Remember to blow out your sprinklers and shut off water to your exterior faucets and winterize spigots before the weather hits freezing temperatures.
6. Venting is healthy.
As the temperatures drop, static electricity increases. If you have lint build-up in your dryer, this static electricity makes it easier to ignite, so clean out those vents.
7. Do your own inspection.
Take a walk around the interior and exterior of your home and try to look at it with fresh eyes. Keep an eye out for any damage to walls, floors, or cement outdoors. Be sure to caulk or seal any cracks in the foundation and around exterior window frames.
8. Check your insurance.
Is your home insurance up to date? Make sure your insurance will stand up in a storm and that you will be covered no matter what fall or winter will bring.