Don't Forget To Fall Back Tonight. Don't Forget Fall Home Maintenance

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty

DON'T FORGET TO FALL BACK TONIGHT

A reminder from Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker Realty to set your clocks back one hour tonight before going to bed. Won't it be great to gain back the hour of sleep we all lost back in the spring? I, for one, am looking forward to that extra hour of sleep! I've missed it for months!

 

“An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.”

... Winston Churchill  

 

The glory of fall

 

DON'T FORGET THESE IMPORTANT FALL MAINTENANCE TIPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR HOME

Before the weather gets colder, don't forget about fall preventative home maintenance to prevent costly damage to your home in the upcoming, cold winter months.

 

Gutters & Downspouts

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts throughout the fall season to prevent build-up of leaves, which can cause wood rot, pest infestation, and ruined gutters.

  • Ensure that all support brackets for your gutters are secure and that no water is running down from behind them.

  • Make sure that water drains properly without pooling, with can cause damage to your home's foundation, driveway, and walkway.

 

Windows & Doors

  • Install weather stripping or freshen up caulking around your doors and windows to prevent drafts, which increase your heating bill.

  • Inspect door and window frames and repair any that are loose.

  • Remove your summer screens from doors and windows; install storm doors and windows, if you use them.

 

Roof

  • Inspect your roof for cracks, shingle damage. Hire a professional, if necessary, to repair.

 

Heating Systems

  • Replace your furnace filter.

  • Have a professional service your HVAC system and/or clean your duct work.

  • Replace your return filters (a good idea to do this monthly).

 

Plumbing Systems

  • Make sure pipes are well insulated to minimize chances of freezing and bursting.

  • Make sure you know how to turn off the water shut-off valve in your home if pipes do freeze.

  • Remove hoses from spigots and drain them.

  • Service your in-ground irrigation system and makes sure any residual water is blown out before freezing weather arrives.

 

Yardwork

  • Fertilize and reseed your lawn before the cold weather sets in.

  • Rake up all the fallen leaves.

  • Prune your trees and shrubs after leaves turn or fall.

  • Trim tree limbs that are too close to power lines or your roof, as heavy snow and ice can cause major damage.

  • Winterize your lawn mower. Test your snow blower.

  • If you live in a climate where you can't leave outdoor furniture outside in the winter, now is the time to clean and store this furniture and any cushions, as well.

 

Chimneys & Fireplaces

  • Professionally inspect and clean your chimney, if you use your fireplace regularly to avoid fires.

  • Make sure your fireplace flue has a tight seal.

  • Even if you have a gas-log fireplace, have it serviced.

 

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • If your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are more than five years old, you should give serious consideration to replacing the entire units.

 

Medicine

  • While not directly related to a home's physical well-being, this is a good time to clean out your medicine cabinets and to dispose of all drugs and pills that have gone past their expiration date.

 

Hopefully that extra hour of sleep tonight will have you raring to go on this fall home maintenance list.

 

DON'T FORGET: FALL IS A GREAT TIME TO PREPARE YOUR HOME TO SELL

If you've been thinking about selling your home in the coming months, fall  is a great time to prepare your home to sell. If you need advice on the best way to prepare and stage your home to sell it at top dollar, call or text Nina Hollander at 704-779-0813 or email her at nina@ninahollander.com.

 

Fall Is A Great Time To Prepare Your Home To Sell

 

This reminder to turn your clocks back and list of fall home maintenance tips is provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, Colwell Banker Realty, your Charlotte region residential real estate experts.

 

If you're considering selling or purchasing a home in the Charlotte region, whether it's standard time or daylight savings time, I'd love an opportunity to earn your business, exceed your expectations, to show you why experience matters and how:

 "The Right Broker Makes All The Difference."

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Comments (28)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - This is a good reminder for fall maintenance.  Usually around Thanksgiving, we have to cover our bushes and put little covers on our outdoor water spigots.  That is about it. 

Nov 06, 2021 03:18 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you for the fall back reminder and for the great tips!  Enjoy your extra hour!

Nov 06, 2021 04:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi NIna- besides falling back an hour, your list is a good one to tackle this time of the year. 

Nov 06, 2021 05:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina tell that to our cats.... that breakfast will be an hour late.... not only will we not get a tip.... we will not get an hour's rest:)Endre

Nov 06, 2021 10:47 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thanks for the tip when calling relatives. We here in Arizona in the Valley of the Sun never change our clocks  Yea! Jeff 😎

Nov 06, 2021 11:17 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... I'm not a fan of changing clocks either. And I prefer my light in the morning, in any event.

Nov 07, 2021 03:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... I would think our temperatures get cooler than yours in winter, but I never put anything on my outdoor spigots... just clear out the irrigation system and turn the water off.

Nov 07, 2021 03:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. I so get that, Endre. I was looking forward to getting that extra hour of sleep but my fur babies didn't get the message about the time change and woke me up early... once I'm awake and just can't get back to sleep.

Nov 07, 2021 03:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... I sell enough homes to know that many homeowners don't do the most basic of maintenance when seasons change.

Nov 07, 2021 03:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI good morning, Jeff... I keep hoping for the day when all the states stop this insanity of changing clocks twice a year.

Nov 07, 2021 03:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Bob "RealMan" Timm good morning, Bob... so much for an extra hour of sleep... my fur babies didn't get that memo and got me up an hour early.

Nov 07, 2021 03:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty hi Ray... I only wish I actually got that extra hour of sleep... my fur babies got me up as if it was still Daylight Savings Time! :(

Nov 07, 2021 03:56 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't have to adjust my clocks but now I have to try and figure out what time it is in other parts of the country, haha.

Nov 07, 2021 04:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England exactly, Brian... I have the same issue when I need to call friends and relatives in Europe... they either don't change clocks or change them at different times than we do.

Nov 07, 2021 05:15 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Nina - so many other things can seem to fall into place as time changes.  Priorities.  Preparation.  All sorts of maintenance.  Personal and around our homes.  

Nov 07, 2021 06:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Michael Jacobs hi Michael... there's certainly been a lot of maintenance and updating going on around my house this fall. 

Nov 07, 2021 06:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, keep thinking we need to get Fall Maintenance done, but it was 80 yesterday!   Need to get my clocks turned back this morning.

Nov 07, 2021 07:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... we've had very unseasonably cool weather here since Thursday... supposedly it's heading back in to the 60's today and this week.

Nov 07, 2021 07:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

These are good reminders to share. 

The fall check up of our HVAC system is scheduled for next week and the filters will be changed.

Nov 08, 2021 10:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Roy Kelley hi Roy... our HVAC was done last week. I change my filters monthly. I do like the furnaces in new construction where the filter is changed only annually.

Nov 08, 2021 11:09 AM