We all know that winter is around the corner. Are you ready?
Fall Checklist from Towne Realty Group to help you maintain your home through the winter months. The Farmer’s Almanac for the North East says “The party’s over”and winter will return in a big way in 2017.
If you are thinking of selling in the spring, with these few tips, you will be ready to show when the last snowflake melts! If you are staying put forever, you will have that much more to enjoy and less to repair by following a simple autumn checklist:
ROOF CHECK: Call your local roofer and have them come and check your roof. Nail down any lose shingles and consider hiring an electrician to install coils in the areas where snow or ice gave you problems last winter. Make yourself a note to TURN ON THE COILS before it snows, or they will be useless. While they are up on the roof or checking the gutters, replace any spot lights that are out NOW and seal any holes made by woodpeckers. Trim and pull climbing vines out from under your siding and shutters.
GUTTERS: Protect your investment: Our many tree lined streets make gutter maintenance critical. Have the gutters cleaned, especially when that last leaf falls! You may also consider investing in a snow roof rake given prior winters snow accumulation. Protect your investment: Our many tree lined streets make gutter maintenance critical. Have the gutters cleaned, especially when that last leaf falls! You may also consider investing in a snow roof rake given last year’s winter, or speak to your electrician about heating your gutters to prevent ice damming.
BULBS: Plant your tulips, daffodils, irises, hyacinths, and other spring bulbs now. In our area, you can plant through November as long as the ground is not frozen. Plant those bulbs nice and deep, because the deer—and some dogs—love them and will dig them up for a quick snack. Here are the Top 17 types of Daffodils to plant.
PLANTINGS: This is the ideal time to replace dead trees or fill in open areas in your yard for more privacy. Most of the towns in which we regularly list, sell and show—are deer heavy areas; your local garden center can recommend deer resistant plantings, protective fencing and safe repellents. The daffodils are their least favorite, so those are safe to plant without repellents.
SPRINKLERS: Blow out your lawn sprinklers so that no freezing occurs through winter. Remove and drain the garden hoses and bring into the garage or shed. Then turn off outside water sources.
LIGHTING: Change outdoor garden, porch and back door lights. You will not be able to reach them once it snows. They will help to light up your way in the winter.
SNOW MELT: Buy your supply of pet-safe snow melt now. Once it snows it will not be easy to stock up later.
SNOW BLOWER: Tune up your snowblower NOW! Fill up a can of gasoline if you think you might need a generator this winter. No point in waiting on gas lines if we have a shortage. This is a good time to make sure you have the shovels you need. No point in finding out it is not working after it snows!
Speaking of garages and sheds, pesky mice look for warmth in the winter and may take up residence in these areas. A good natural repellent like Mouse Magic will keep them out. You can find Mouse Magic or similar non-toxic products at the garden center or on-line. These peppermint and spearmint based repellents irritate the mouse’s nose when sniffed, driving it away. By the way, while mice are deterred by mint, its predator, the cat, loves mint; it is part of the catnip family… hmmm leave it to Mother Nature!
Protect your investment: Our many tree lined streets make gutter maintenance critical. Have the gutters cleaned, especially when that last leaf falls! You may also consider investing in a snow roof rake given last year’s winter, or speak to your electrician about heating your gutters to prevent ice damming.
Cover your outdoor furniture and air conditioner units or compressors. As darker days loom, change outside walkway lights and spotlights to light your way. A well-lit exterior is also a nice feature should you be listing your home in the coming months. Clean out all basement window wells, touch up with paint if necessary, and cover with plastic tops to keep the snow out.
Inside of the home, change furnace filters, flush the furnace with detergent if necessary. Your plumber can do this quickly and easily. Change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries or switch to plug-in models. Have your chimney and fireplaces cleaned and checked by a professional so that you stay both safe and warm this winter.
Finally, if you think you are going to list your house between January and April, Karen Bigos recommends you take pictures NOW!
There are still some leaves are still on the trees, pansies and mums are in bloom. Get those photos now, because nothing looks sadder than a picture of a luxury home surrounded by melting snow and no leaves on the trees! We are here to help guide your real estate decisions all four seasons, all year long.
For more information call Karen at 201-417-1600, visit our website at www.TowneRealtyGroup.com or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org