Preparing for Weather Changes

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Preparing for Weather Changes


While the weather is still warm in North Texas, now is the time to tackle Fall and Winter projects to save time, energy, and money. Stressful unexpected surprises are not fun and always seems to come at the wrong time. 


Hire a Chimney Sweep before you light a fire and make sure the chimney is not a fire hazard. Because it is off season, I received an excellent rate and a very extensive inspection because the certified Chimney Sweep was not as busy as he would be before the holidays or when the weather gets cold. Peace of mind trumps worry.


You do not know what you do not know and out of sight, out of mind is not being a responsible homeowner. A credible and reputable roofing company knows what to look for. Make sure they are insured. I do not recommend climbing the roof yourself. Roofers will look for issues with damaged flashing, curling, broken or missing shingles, holes around the chimney, broken mortar on chimneys, damage to shingle granules in gutters, potential leaks, and they are trained to know what to look for before it becomes a problem.

Tree Trimming, Cutting, Removals
Hire a professional to inspect, trim, cut, and remove dead branches, trees, and to make sure branches are not too close to the roof, fence, your house, utility lines, or the property next door.

Clogged gutters can cause major roof problems winter, spring, summer or fall. If you get snow and ice dams are forming in gutters when melting snow has no where to go, that can be a big expense with damage too. If you have no gutters, now would be a good time to consider purchasing and having gutters installed.

Gaps, Cracks, and Unwanted Visitors

Use caulk and/or weather stripping to keep warm air in and cold air and moisture out. Chalking may sound easy, but if you have not done it before you might want to have someone who knows how to do it correctly before you do it yourself. Fill in cracks near windows and doors and make repairs as needed. Weather stripping plugs the gaps on windows and doors. Squirrels, mice, roof rats, insects and pests are always looking for ways to find shelter when weather changes. They can cause major damage to the home, health, and safety. 

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
October is a good month to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries and have extra batteries on hand. Depending on where you live, most smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years and carbon monoxide detectors every five to seven years.

I can not stress enough how important it is to make sure your connections are functioning as intended. Electrical fires are scary. Hire a Master Electrician to evaluate your electrical wiring, GFCI settings, and fixtures. There could be exposed and chewed wiring in the attic you don't know about. Better be safe than sorry. When it comes to children, tamper resistant outlets prevents shocks and injuries. 

Home Insurance
With home prices increasing, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Know your policy. Read it. Know what is and what is not covered. Make changes as needed. Ask questions. Keep numbers handy in case of an emergency.

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Comments (18)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Our 118 deg F weather jointed by power outage has moved away. Got a tiny rain may be 1/8th inch brought temperature to 68 deg or 50 deg F lower.  Next week be 90s again.


Sep 18, 2022 07:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - a regular home maintenance plan is an example of a smart operating system.  Proper preparation pays.  

Sep 18, 2022 08:55 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Fall seems to be good sleeping weather for a lot of us and I’m looking forward to that for sure

Sep 18, 2022 09:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia love your post, we have been in a four or five week heat wave and we are just grateful that the past two days were in the low 80's no we are not thinking about the cooler weather we are just enjoying it right now, Endre

Sep 18, 2022 09:17 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Excellent list of items to prepare a home for winter, Patricia. It's still very much summer here in Charlotte, but winter will arrive sooner than we realize.

Sep 19, 2022 04:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - - the weather here this week is on average 98 degrees. Being proactive and scheduling appointments this early saves time and money in the long run! You're right about 'winter will arrive sooner than we realize.'

Enjoy your day!

Sep 19, 2022 04:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - We are still going through a hot spell here too. This week on average it will be 98 degrees. I like to be prepared! It feels good to get on the schedule sooner than later and check things off my list. Chimney (check) Trees (check).... 

Enjoy your summer!

Sep 19, 2022 04:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Laura Cerrano - I am also looking forward to turning off my Air Conditioning and open the windows! Enjoy the weather!

Sep 19, 2022 04:49 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I like to stay ahead and schedule early. It gives me peace of mind! Enjoy your day. 

Sep 19, 2022 04:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

I was at my grandsons soccer game yesterday and it was 100! Glad I had an umbrella and water! I've already scheduled my fall maintenance on my heating , trees trimmed and roof looked at..I'm on my way to be set!

Sep 19, 2022 04:50 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sam Shueh - I heard about CA needing rain. Every drop counts! I hope you get more. Dry weather has so many drawbacks. Stay safe!

Sep 19, 2022 04:52 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I forgot, I had my roof and gutters looked at and everything looks good there too. We are a few degrees cooler than you and staying out of the 100+ zone. I don't know how kids play sports when it is that hot. They are like little firecrackers, always ready to go, never giving up. I hope the game went well. 

Sep 19, 2022 04:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning Patricia. These are all good tips for preparing for the winter. We get our chimney (and dryer vents) cleaned in the Spring, after we stop using the wood stove. So we're definitely ready to go in that regard! Now we just have to get our kindling stacked up. And I'll have to plant my garlic before it gets cold. It's still beautiful so it's hard to think of these things, but now IS the time to prepare!

Enjoy your day!

Sep 19, 2022 05:47 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am so glad that I do not live in a place where we have to prepare for weather changes since I am definitely too lazy to do that, haha.

Sep 19, 2022 06:20 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good tips Patricia,  Been doing a couple chores here and there but dug in this weekend with purpose.  Weather can change drastically as soon as October gets here.  M

Sep 19, 2022 08:22 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patrica preparation and change comes with every change in seasons.  We are starting to go from Summer to Fall, and crazy changes in between.  For example we will hit a high of 84 degrees today, but on Thursday the high is only expected to be 63 degrees.  I will get to wear all my wardrobe in one week ...... LOL

Sep 19, 2022 08:56 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I look forward to cooler weather and 'our' winter here in Phoenix.  This is a great preparation list Patricia.  In a way. we we prepare more for the summer extreme heat temps versus the wonderful 'winter' temps. I do remember preparing for the cold and snow both in MN and CO. Brrrrr.

Sep 19, 2022 10:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Sep 19, 2022 12:09 PM