7 Tasks for Winter Prep
Along with the joys of home ownership come the responsibility of proper maintenance and upkeep. It is often quoted to spend 1% of the home’s value every year on upkeep, but I think that is on the high side, especially for newer homes. Yes, there are times to replace the HVAC or roof, but many maintenance tasks are low cost such as the following:
- Clean the Gutters– some homes need it done a few times a year, but particularly in the fall after the trees shed their final leaves.
- Tune up the Heating System – always a worthwhile expense to have an annual servicing of this important home component. Best to be preventative, rather than to have the heat go out during a cold spell.
- Winterize outdoor Faucets – easy to forget . . . until you have an issue. Turn off any exterior supply lines, remove hoses, drain valves where necessary.
- Clean the Dryer Vents – lint can quickly build up in the vent lines even if you clean the filter screen often. Check the exterior vent flap for lint buildup so that it closes properly and keeps out the cold air- I do this several times a year.
- Pack up the Deck or Patio – do a final cleaning of the grill so that it is ready for spring. Clean and then cover or move any chairs, table, and umbrella to protect from the harsh winter.
- Clean Window Wells – this is something often forgotten, but can be a problem when filled with leaves and then a heavy snow storm comes along
- Prep the Fireplace – if you have a wood burning fireplace then make sure the chimney is inspected and cleaned regularly; a critical safety step
A well-maintained home is one to be enjoyed, and one that retains its value. Call if you are curious about your home’s value. Paul Hillstrom, 301-294-3000