This is the time of year to get your home in order for the winter months. Our winters in Colorado Springs can be brutally cold and snowy, but they can also be bright and sunny. The weather around here can change in the blink of an eye, so it’s always a good idea to be prepped for a blizzard.
Today, Deborah Elliott-Shultz of MiaBella Properties shares with you her Fall Maintenance List to help you prepare your home.
- Get your furnace inspected, corrected, and cleaned out. Nothing is worse than having your furnace go out on a cold night.
- Reverse your ceiling fans so they run clockwise. This helps pull up the cold air and push down the warm air.
- Check your roof or call a roofing company like Safe Haven Roofing and Restoration (719-799-3526) for a free inspection.
- Caulk around your windows and doors. Replace weather stripping as needed.
- Turn off exterior faucets and disconnect water hoses. Also, have sprinkler system drained.
- Stow away lawnmower. (To find out the best way to do this call a lawn company to find out the best way to accomplish this)
- Don’t prune your trees or shrubs without checking first. Some plants don’t do well with fall pruning. (Deborah recommends Spencers in Colorado Springs)
- Fireplaces and Chimneys. For wood burning fireplaces, it’s a good idea to have a chimney sweep come clean it out before you start using it to make sure there isn’t a fire hazard in the chimney. Gas fireplaces should be inspected to make sure there isn’t a leak and they’re in good working order.
- Cover your air conditioner. This helps it last longer.
- Check for cracks in your driveway. Home Depot and Lowes sell products to help seal those cracks so you don’t end up with larger damage during the heat-frost cycles of winter.
- Tree and branch maintenance. Remove any dangling branches so they don’t damage your property (or your neighbors) when the snow, ice, or winds of winter come through.
- Check batteries in CO2 and Fire alarms.
- Check fire extinguishers to make sure their in working order and not expired.
- Wash your windows.
- Check your snoblower.
- Clean your appliances and underneath them. It will help keep them working correctly and increase their longevity.
- Add the foam inserts to outlets. This helps keep out bugs and drafts.
Deborah also went through a Car Winter Survival Kit because you never know when you’re going to need it and it’s better to be prepared:
- windshield scraper and little broom
- flashlight and extra batteries
- battery powered radio
- snack food (including energy bars, raisins, and candy bars)
- candle (many people keep the candle and matches in an old large coffee can so the wax has someplace to drip safely)
- extra hat and mittens
- First Aid Kit
- pocket knife
- necessary medication
- blanket/sleeping bag
- tow chain or rope
- road salt, sand, or kitty litter (for traction)
- booster cables
- emergency flares or reflectors
- fluorescent distress flag or whistle to attract attention
- cell phone charger cable and adapter to plug into lighter
It might feel corny to keep all these things in your car, but when it comes to safety in the winter, these things could save your life.
Remember, people still buy homes during the winter months! The Fall Maintenance list can help get your home ready to sell.
If you would like more information about this or anything real estate related, contact Deborah Elliott-Shultz at (719) 641-1357.