Preparing your Home for Winter

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Preparing your Home for Winter

Have you noticed the crispness in the air lately? Friday was the first day of Fall and the days are getting shorter! It's time to start working on getting your home ready for Preparing you home for WinterWinter. Here are a few easy things that you need to look at and consider before Old Man Winter arrives!

Caulk is like weatherstripping in a tube. Check the caulk around all the windows and doors. You don't want there to be any gaps. You should also look at the other transition places like where the masonry joins the siding or where vents or other objects protrude from the walls. You want all these places to be tight.

Speaking of Weatherstripping. Check the weather stripping around all exterior doors. This is one of the largest sources of heating loss. If it's torn or missing, you'll want to replace the entire piece. Adhesive-backed foam pads are easy to install for this purpose.

Preparing you home for Winter

Older windows often require weatherstripping to keep drafts out.

If you like to have woodburning fires in the winter. Now would be a good time to call a chimney sweep before they get really busy.

This is also a good time to check the insulation in your attic and crawl space. You can Preparing you home for Winterpurchase loose-fill to beef up what's already there. You can also have it professionally blown in.

Your yard may or may not have taken a beating with our hot summer this year. Now is a great time to plant trees and aerate and over seed the lawn. Aerating promotes healthy growth and over-seeding fills in those places that are bare.

Once everything's done, you can relax and enjoy the winter months!

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Connie Harveyis a local agent with Pilkerton Realtors, serving home buyers and sellers in Nashville, TN, Brentwood TN, and Franklin TN. Let her help you realize your Real Estate goals. She can be reached at 615-371-2474.

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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The snow will be upon us very soon.   No time to wait to make these repairs.

Sep 27, 2011 11:30 AM #1
Chris Druesedow
Five Star Realty - Kenai, AK

Great post! I recently posted about preparing for winter. It's so close especially here in Alaska!!

Kenai Real Estate

Sep 27, 2011 11:40 AM #2
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Great tips for those in the cooler climates... we are still registering over 100* here in the Coachella Valley-- and mostly just need to keep the bar and fridge stocked up for our northern visitors!  Kathy

Sep 27, 2011 12:10 PM #3
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Connie,

what do you mean prepare for winter,  we do not do winter here, just a little (or a lot) extra rain, all kidding aside, great tips to stay safe and comfy in the good home, thanks for sharing

Sep 27, 2011 12:17 PM #4
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Connie, I love to caulk....and I love putting weather-stripping on around my doors.  It makes me happy to know that I am saving $$$$$.

Sep 27, 2011 12:24 PM #5
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Connie. Thank Goodness our winters are not as cold as yours, since we hardly ever get any snow. Thanks for sharing these great tips for getting ready for winter. i need to do some weather stripping myself.

Sep 27, 2011 02:27 PM #6
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 24 Years in Real Estate!

I am so not ready, Connie. 

Sep 27, 2011 04:12 PM #7
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Connie, our temperatures are still pretty much up there but we do notice the shorter days, i.e. the sunsets are earlier in the evening now! 

Sep 28, 2011 01:48 AM #8
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

William - I don't know where this year has gone to!!!

Chris -How many months of winter do you have????

Kathy - We're going from 60s to 80s. Typical Fall weather.

Peter and LInda - we get a lot of rain too usually. But last year we got tons of snow.

Sep 28, 2011 02:07 AM #9
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Suzanne - You are too funny! I wouldn't know where to begin!

Jerry -  we really don't get a lot of snow either, but it can get mighty cold here during the winter. I think wet cold, from the rain, is worse than snow anyway!

Chris - Me either!! I"m hoping the fall really stretches into December this year!

Silvia - You should be warm for quite some time still!

Sep 28, 2011 02:15 AM #10
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Mike and a couple of our neighbors rented the equipment to blow in extra attic insulation back in May.  Power bills were lower this summer and it was HOT!  Hope we continue to see savings through the winter months as well.

Sep 28, 2011 09:47 AM #11
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Ann - We replaced our windows and can really tell the difference. I want to check our insulation too.

Sep 28, 2011 10:11 AM #12
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

I went shoppiing last week and what did I see .... Christmas decorations - Yikes.  Winter IS coming and we can't stop,  This is a great list of tips to get ready for it.  

Sep 28, 2011 01:20 PM #13
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