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How to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Gundaker-St. Louis, MO

How to Prepare your Home for Cooler Weather  fall leaf

With the fall season now here and winter approaching, now is the time to
prepare your home for the new season. Regular maintenance of your home is critical to its preservation and can add significantly to its resale
value. Use this checklist to prepare your home for the cooler days and
frosty nights of fall.


  • Rake and compost leaves
  • Seed and feed your lawn
  • Winterize your sprinkler system
  • Mulch flowerbeds
  • Drain outside faucets and cover them when appropriate
  • Drain and store hoses


  • Trim limbs and vegetation away from roof
  • Inspect roof and roof vents for any needed repairs
  • Replace any loose or damaged shingles
  • Clean gutters and downspouts

Foundation and Exterior Masonry:

  • Clean fireplaces and chimneys
  • Check chimney mortar for any deterioration
  • Make sure downspouts and grading all direct water away from the house

Doors and Windows:

  • Inspect caulking and paint for damage and repair as needed
  • Oil door hinges and garage door moving parts
  • Make sure all storm windows are securely in position

Heating and Cooling:

  • Arrange for annual inspection and cleaning of heating systems
  • Rinse off A/C compressor/condensing coil unit to remove debris and dirt
  • Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat
  • Change the furnace filter (when needed)
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check and clean humidifier

Plumbing and Interior:

  • Inspect and repair any damaged caulking in tubs, showers, sinks, toilets and backsplashes
  • Check pressure relief valves on water heaters
  • Inspect refrigerant lines for missing or damaged insulation
  • During wet weather, check ceiling and around all doors and windows for unwanted moisture
  • Check attic ventilation
  • Make sure dryer vent is clean
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Linda Graves Arnold, ABR, CRS, GRI, e-PRO
Coldwell Banker Gundaker
"Bringing Families Home"
Cell phone:  314-422-2762
Office:  636-391-1122
email:  Linda@LindaandJim.com
website:  www.LindaandJim.com


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Art Welch
Superstars Realty - Buckeye, AZ

I am so glad I don't need to worry about this, it's 85 today in Arizona

Oct 26, 2011 10:06 AM
Linda Graves Arnold
Coldwell Banker Gundaker-St. Louis, MO - Chesterfield, MO
St. Louis Real Estate Pro - 314-422-2762 - Referr
Art, I wish we didn't!! It was beautiful in St. Louis yesterday but I think much cooler weather is on the way.
Oct 26, 2011 10:08 AM
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

You forgot these three things:

__Buy hot chocolate

__Renew membership to video store/update Netflix’s list

__Stock up on birdseed

Nov 08, 2011 12:01 PM
Linda Graves Arnold
Coldwell Banker Gundaker-St. Louis, MO - Chesterfield, MO
St. Louis Real Estate Pro - 314-422-2762 - Referr

Eric, you are right about some of the most important things.  Maybe firewood too!

Nov 09, 2011 02:57 AM
James A. Browning
Browning Real Estate School/REO Institute - International, IT
MRE REOCertified(R) SSCertified

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Colorado

Please, check out our website for Real Estate Education Opportunities @ www.REOInstituteColorado.com for Continuing Education Courses.

Jul 01, 2012 03:03 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Jim & Linda~ I bought hot chocolate and apple cider last week, so I'm ready!  :-)

Oct 08, 2012 04:12 AM