As the cooler weather begins to blow in, thermostats are set to warm, and the chill in the air reminds us that winter is near, it’s hard to think ahead to Springtime. But if you’re even considering listing your home on the market early next year, there are a number of things you should be doing NOW, before Old Man Winter’s arrival.
Here are a few tips from our in-house Brinkoetter experts.
Tackle outdoor repairs and landscaping
Fall is a great time to take care of home improvement projects like exterior painting, roof repairs and replacing windows, as the weather tends to work in your favor.
“Trim back bushes and trees, and clear out dead debris,” recommends Lesley Loehr, Brinkoetter Realtor. “Now is the time to be thinking about sprucing up your curb appeal.”
Adds Terri Booker, “Weeding landscaping beds is also important. Make sure your front door and entrance area are clean and freshly painted. Before extreme temperatures set in, you want to do any outside painting where old paint is chipped and peeling.”
Winterize your outdoor faucets
A little frozen water can cause big-time damage over the winter months. And the truth is, it’s easy to prevent! One simple solution is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet, drain it, then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. The best part? Most protectors are very economical.
(Insider Tip: Team Fritzsche with Brinkoetter Realtors will soon be giving these away! Check their Facebook page for details.)
Clean your gutters
This is one of those clean-up projects that doesn’t cost you a lot in time or money, but has the potential to save you a lot of both in the long-run. Most professionals recommend you clean your gutters twice per year: once in the Fall, once in the Spring.
If gutters are not cleaned and water overflows from the gutters, it will fall along the foundation of your home. If your foundation freezes, this can cause heaving and cracks which can cause structural damage to your home.
Get started on outstanding projects
Most homes could stand a little decluttering and freshening up– and that’s especially true before they hit the market.
“The winter months are a great time to touch up baseboards and paint, polish cabinets, and do some deep cleaning of your home,” says Sherry Plain. “This is also a good time to work on the list of projects you’ve been adding to since purchasing your home.”
Says Carla Brinkoetter, “Before it gets really cold, I recommend cleaning out the garage and, if you have one, the shed. This way, when Spring arrives, all one needs to do is a little cleaning up from the winter months. Also, cold weather is a good time to straighten and clean out closets, cabinets, storerooms. And as you are cleaning out, remember there are many organizations that would love to have slightly used blankets, bedding, towels, coats, and warm clothing.”
Have your furnace serviced
Like everything else, maintaining your furnace by having it routinely serviced can save you major expenses (and headaches) over time. You’d rather find out today-before the temperatures really drop-that you have an issue.
It’s also a good idea to replace the furnace filter, which cleans the air in your home, and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can shave up to 15% off your energy bill.
Fall is a great time to get your landscaping in tip-top shape, get your home organized, and start prioritizing projects you hope to complete before your home is ready for Brinkoetter high-def photos, videos, open houses and showings. Starting now can ensure you get what you want this Spring!