OUR FIRST SNOW! .... I Forgot to..........Did you?

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OUR FIRST SNOW .... I Forgot to........... Did you?

As we all know, Winter sneaks up on you, so many of us procrastinate when it comes to getting ready for the snow and cold weather. I applaud all of you that have already prepared for Winter, But here are a few things that you may have not thought about.

1. Pealing Paint

If you have wood exposed with pealing paint, it is recommended that you scrape and paint over the exposed wood. The water can get into cracks in the wood and then freeze, damaging the area.

2. Clean out Gutters

If the gutters are no cleaned out for free flowing water, it will settle in the gutter, freeze and could cause damage to the gutter or buildup of ice, causing roof damage.

3. Caulk Windows

To keep the Winter drafts from entering the home around the windows, make sure that you caulk and seal around them.

4. Inspect Roof

With the latest storms across the country, it is best to check for missing shingles and replace any that are missing, so you don't have problems later.

5. Heating System checked

Now is the best time to have a qualified heating inspector come out and inspect and prepare the home for Winter.

6. Seal Driveway

If there are cracks in your driveway, it is best to seal them before Winter.  The melting and freezing snow would damage the driveway, if not sealed before the Winter freeze.

7. Change ceiling fan

During the Summer, the ceiling fans are set to force the air down.  In the Winter cold months, you should reverse the ceiling fans so that the air is forced upwards.

8. Cover window Air Conditioners

If you have a window air conditioner, either remove it from the window for the winter, or seal around it to keep the cold air out and make sure you put a cover on the air conditioner.  It will last longer and the air will not come in through the air conditioner.

9. Clean Porch and Deck Furniture

Put your porch furniture away for the winter. If not, your metal furniture will rust and have to be sanded and repainted in the Spring if you don't.

10. Remove Soil from Pots and Planters

All your clay pots and planters will break because of the expansion of the moisture in the container if you don't remove the soil before it freezes.

These are a few suggestions for preparing for Winter.  Can you suggest any others that I did not list?


If you know of anyone who wants to buy or sell a home in the Elkhart Co. area,

have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577, Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC, Elkhart, Indiana, or email





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  1. Evelyn Johnston 11/24/2013 11:29 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Larry,

I am glad the better half alway's has the list ready; but never ready to perform the chores!

Make yourself a great day.

Nov 24, 2013 03:38 AM #1
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Great stuff Larry, especially the ceiling fan one. I have two Casablanca fans and always change them for the winter. Not many people know this.

Nov 24, 2013 07:50 AM #2
Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR
Addison Wolfe Real Estate - Doylestown, PA
"Bucks County PA Homes"

Hi Larry, what a great list and post to share with everyone!  We have some light snow last night for the first time this year and my husband got the snow blower in the garage area and I have bought lots of driveway salt.  I am little prepared.  Thanks for sharing your great list!

Nov 24, 2013 08:54 AM #3
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Raymond, Thanks for the comments. Isn't that what the other half is for.  To make up our to do list?

Nov 24, 2013 11:09 AM #4
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

The things I have yet to do before winter, let me count them all...great blog Lare!

Nov 24, 2013 11:27 AM #5
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Evelyn, Sorry to hear that, 'cause that means I will be doing them.  I guess Raymond had it right.

Nov 24, 2013 11:45 AM #6
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