Winter is Coming - How Do I Prepare?

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE SHALL BE THE HIGHEST LAW

---Marcus Tullius Cicero (a Roman Statesman,

lawyer, scholar, philosopher and Academic Skeptic)

 

WHEN THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS COLD

People want to be warm inside. Having a qualified HVAC contractor inspect your system before it gets cold is important. If you have to call because you have no heat and it is an emergency you may have to wait and pay a lot more than getting it checked out before the busy season.

When you turn on the gas furnace for the first time you can expect a smelly odor. This is normal because dust builds up when the furnace is off and when it's turned on, hot air consumes dust to give off a funny smell; however, it should not last long. If it does, call to get it checked out. 

COVID-19 & OTHER VARIANTS

If you had COVID-19 and you no longer have smell make sure you have a qualified technician from a reputable HVAC Company do a thorough inspection and make repairs if necessary. Natural gas is odorless and Gas Companies add mercaptan to give it a rotten egg smell. You may also want to contact your Gas Company to let them know you have no sense of smell and find out what they recommend to keep you safe from gas leaks and carbon dioxide. Also, change your filters frequently and get the right size filters. 

Also, if you recently had a new roof installed, it is important to have the gas lines and exhaust vents that run along the roofline inspected to make sure they weren't damaged when the roof was installed. 

FIREPLACE

Holidays or anytime is the worst time to have a fire. Call a Chimney Sweep or reputable company to inspect the flue and everything cleaned out to be free of potential fire hazards.

SMOKE ALARMS/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECT0R

Never assume your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors are working. Change batteries. Have extra batteries on hand. Test and make sure they are working. 

PIPES

If you don't know what to do, contact a Plumber or check local Plumber websites specific to your area to know how to prevent frozen pipes. Wind chills can be tricky and adds to temperatures dropping. For exterior spigots, purchase covers. If you have an inground swimming pool and you don't have a FREEZE GUARD, contact your local swimming pool companies to find what you need to do to protect your investment. 

WHAT TO DO IN ADVANCE

Read your insurance policy. Read your insurance policy. Read your insurance policy. Make sure you have adequate insurance and know what is covered and what is not covered.

WHAT TO DO DURING AN EMERGENCY

In this digital world, don't rely on your computer or smart technology to be working if the electricity goes out. Have a paper copy of phone numbers and instructions for who you're going to call or what you need to do before there's an emergency. 

AUTHORS NOTE

I survived a Hotel Fire and several Home Fires in Illinois. I was carried down a ladder from a hotel window and I've been displaced from my home with my son and our dog until it was clear for me to move back home after spring (or summer). At the time of my house fire the wind chill factor was minus 65 degrees. All we had were the clothes on our backs and not even a dog dish for water or food for pets. Take inventory and photographs. Video everything you own, and have receipts in a safety deposit box outside of your home. Have contact information handy. Material things will be depreciated. New clothes and replacement items are more today than yesterday. Have proof. Be prepared to fight for everything you lost but most of all be prepared in advance and do everything you can to avoid a fire in the first place ---Patricia Feager  

 

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Comments (31)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing Patricia! Great information.

People want to be warm inside. Having a qualified HVAC contractor inspect your system before it gets cold is important. If you have to call because you have no heat and it is an emergency you may have to wait and pay a lot more than getting it checked out before the busy season.

Nov 10, 2021 04:08 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I make a practice to always have my HVAC inspected before spring/summer and fall/winter. But as you know, winter is unpredictable and so are the mechanics in houses and cars. Preparing for an emergency is always part of strategy for personal and business goals. With home or vehicle ownership, maintenance should never be discarded or ignored. I like your sentiments and good thoughts for all! I wish you the same. 

Nov 10, 2021 04:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sham Reddy CRS - Always strive to live with peace of mind, knowing you did everything you could. Have a nice day. 

Nov 10, 2021 04:16 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't like cold weather at all so I am glad that I get to live in an area that has a very short season of cold weather.

Nov 10, 2021 04:50 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - I feel the same about where I live. Our winter season is very short and aside from the crazy, unexpected ice storm last February, the weather is tolerable and comfortable. But we still need to get our HVAC inspected and preparation is key to keeping mechanicals functioning well. Home mainenance is no joke and can't be skipped.

Nov 10, 2021 04:54 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patricia. Great tips. Living in a hirise with onsite maintenance personnel hardly give it a thought. Enjoy your day. 

Nov 10, 2021 05:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning! I thought I commented on this last night but I guess I didn't since now I don't see me. Haha.

Anyway, these are all good tips for preparing for winter. And in the north, I'd add things like - get the woodstove chimney cleaned, ensure you have plenty of firewood and kindling ready, and get the plow on the truck!

Enjoy your day!

Nov 10, 2021 05:10 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Awesome info and very useful.  My son had covid last year in October and his smell is still not the best and it has been over a year.  I will have to pass this on to some of my clients.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Nov 10, 2021 05:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

Take care, be safe and have a productive week.

Nov 10, 2021 05:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... a stellar list of tips to prepare for all sorts of winter contingencies.

Nov 10, 2021 06:03 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Great list Patricia. Brrr, oh yes winter is on its way, and your suggestions are very timely!

Nov 10, 2021 06:11 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wayne Martin - I never lived in a hi-rise but did have an uncomfortable experience at the Crockett Hotel in San Antonio a few years ago. It is an historic building built in 1859. I always attend the REALTOR Convention and thought it would be fun and interesting to book my room elsewhere from the REALTOR crowd. They had a few false fire alarms and everyone had to evacuate the building. Of course! I was on the top floor. No elevators were working; no lights either. I had to walk down the stairs and carried what I could. I sure hope you're safe up there!

Nov 10, 2021 08:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - Being a member on AR is likely to result in a few magic acts, like disappearing acts! We are forgiving, aren't we? I have noticed strange disappearing acts too! 

Thanks for adding your Northern Tips which are so important! I'm sure glad to know you built new construction. How long have you been in your new house now? Will it be three years? Time goes so fast, I often forget. 

Nov 10, 2021 08:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti

We will have been in our house two years on December 23rd!

Nov 10, 2021 09:01 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - Well, you are due for a celebration for two years on December 23rd! If you have family and a few friends over, I'll bet they would all appreciate your beautiful array of meat, cheese, and veggies on your beautiful charcuterie board served with a fine bottle of wine! Wish I could be there!!!

Nov 10, 2021 09:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Norma J. Elkins - It's always a pleasure to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear your son had COVID but thankful he's okay. It has to be hard on people who can't smell anymore or if they do, it's limited. I pray you and your family are not going to have to go through that again and that you will all be protected, including your business. 

Take care and keep in touch! I love hearing from you. 

Nov 10, 2021 08:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - timely advice is so important! I hope you don't have a rough winter.

Take care!

Nov 10, 2021 08:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Why, thank you! Nina Hollander, Broker! I appreciate your support and comments too!

Nov 10, 2021 08:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I'm  happy to hear you appreciate this blog post. Brrr is such a chilly word! I hope NY has it easier than in years past!

Nov 10, 2021 08:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

It's 80 outside today but your photo makes me shiver just looking at it. I know the cold is coming and your tips are so timely as we have time to prepare now!

Nov 10, 2021 02:01 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

We were close to reaching 80 today. Now that it's evening and skies are cloudy it's 73 degrees. Aren't we the lucky ones!!! It is nice to have extra time to prepare for winter. Thankfully, it doesn't last long!

I sure hope we don't have another ice storm like last February. It felt surreal!

Nov 10, 2021 03:16 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great information.  I will share some with others.

Have a great weekend

Nov 13, 2021 12:59 PM