If you’re a “snowbird” and headed south for the winter, there are some considerations you’ll want to make for your place up north. Below 10 things to remember to do before
Winter Maintenance To-Dos
Is the winter weather outside frightful and you’re stuck indoors? Work on some of these indoor home maintenance to-do list items so that when the days are longer and temps are warmer you’ll be freed up to enjoy your time outside.
1. A fridge on the fritz can be very costly. Think of the lost food, replacement parts and service charges that can add up quickly if some simple maintenance is neglected. Even if your refrigerator is running ok currently, it may not be working efficiently which can show up in your electric bill. Give the cooling coils a quick once over with the vacuum cleaner or dusting them. Replace or clean the water filter if your fridge has an automatic ice maker or water dispenser. Clean door gaskets with a wet cloth to prevent mold accumulation and to ensure that doors are sealing properly. A solid seal can be a real money saver because the temperature in the refrigerator will maintain a more consistent temperature and save prevent food from spoiling.
2. There’s nothing like walking into a nice warm, dry house after being out in the winter weather. Protect your entry way floors by maintaining mats both inside and outside the door, along with boot trays inside the entry way. The accumulation of snow, sand and rock salt on floors can really do a number on the floor and be sure to mop routinely. Maintaining this area now will mean that you’ll save on replacing the floor later.
3. If you have ceiling fans, check to see if there’s a switch to change the blades rotation. In the winter, blades should be in a clockwise position, which will push the heated air down into the room, which can make rooms with high ceilings more comfortable.
4. Keep an eye on your fuel tank level to ensure that you won’t be caught heatless on a frigid winter day. Open doors to unoccupied rooms to maintain an even temperature throughout the house. Set your heat no lower than 55 degrees as the temperature inside the walls where the water piping is located is colder than the living space. Learn how to shut off your water and know where your pipes are in case they do freeze, and you may be able to prevent water damage.
5. Clogged dryer hoses pose a great threat for fire. Prevent them by cleaning the lint filter, emptying or replacing the dryer hose, and checking the vent and exhaust.
Melissa Rolland is a Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor®, Accredited Home Stager, and author of the book Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate. She lives in Tolland, CT along with her husband Todd, an Associate Broker and Realtor®. Together they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at www.RollandRealtyGroup.com or (866) 408-8059.“The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC. or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the “Company”). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.
Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....