As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, it's time to turn our attention to the
important task of winterizing our homes. Ironically, many of these tips I am about to
share with you are also items that I advise my winter sellers to do prior to putting their
homes on the market.
#1 Service Your HVAC System & Change those Dirty Filters: Did you know you should
service your HVAC system twice a year. Most HVAC companies offer maintenance
programs where they will come out in the Fall to service the Furnace and then again in
the Spring to Service your AC Units. Obviously we want to ensure you have a functioning
heating system for the winter, but more importantly Regular maintenance of your HVAC
system can also significantly extend its lifespan by several years.
#2 Prepare for Another Freeze - Just Joking…Well..Not Really! It seems like these Texas
Arctic Blasts are a new Normal. So If you have a pool or exterior tankless hot water
heater, it's crucial to understand how to winterize and insulate them ahead of time. Also,
everyone needs to make sure to Drain and Cover their Outdoor Faucets Before freezing
temperatures set in, check out Frost King Foam Faucet Covers on Amazon - only $14 for
a pack of 4.
#3 Clean Your Gutters & Trim Trees: Gutters play a critical role in protecting your home
and If you are one of the lucky Texas Homeowners with gorgeous mature trees who got
to experience beautiful fall foliage, you may need to pour some TLC into your gutters
about now. I recommend you Remove leaves and debris from the gutters to prevent
blockages that could lead to water damage during rainy or freezing conditions. Also,
since you are already up inspecting your gutters, make sure to also check if you have
any overhanging branches near your home. If so, trimming these back from the roof will
help prevent damage during winter storms and high winds.
#4 Lastly My Favorite,Preparing your Winter Landscape: It’s time to cut down any
perennials from your garden beds, this will allow new growth to flourish when spring
arrives. Additionally, consider planting cold-resistant options like cabbages and pansies,
which thrive in winter conditions. These resilient plants bring pops of color and texture
to your winter landscape.
By following these 4 winter home maintenance tips you can ensure your home remains
comfortable, safe, and efficient throughout the winter season and as always, if you need
any recommendations or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
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