Jerry Newman's San Antonio, TX Blog 210-789-4216: Winter Guide for Getting Your Home Ready for Colder Weather

Winter Guide for Getting Your Home Ready for Colder Weather

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As the seasons change and the holidays come creeping in, it can be easy for homeowners to get swept up in festive preparations and family gatherings. However, getting your home ready for winter is just as important as buying gifts and planning parties. The colder weather that is already upon many of us can wreak havoc on an unprepared home, so we’ve come up with a list of some of the most important home improvement and maintenance jobs to tackle before the holiday season.

  Winterize Exterior

 

Winterize your exterior

Taking care of your home’s exterior and outdoor areas is an essential part of home ownership, and it’s especially important during the fall and winter months. Before the temperatures become too low, cleaning and prepping the areas around your home will help keep your house damage-free when spring rolls around again. Here are a few maintenance projects in the coming weeks:

 

  •      Clear out your gutters and drains, trim your hedges
  •      Cut your grass one last time, and put flowers and plants to bed for the winter
  •      Inspect your roof and install any de-icing cables or other suitable rooftop products if your area is particularly wintry
  •      Prepare for icy and snowy conditions on your driveway and sidewalk by readying your snow blower, shovels, salt, and other winter maintenance items.

Outside HVAC  

Service your HVAC unit

Once the outside of your home is inspected and prepped, you can begin to focus on your home’s interior. Your HVAC unit in particular will be used almost constantly over the next few months, so making sure everything is in working order will save you from unexpected problems later on. You should have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year, but checking out the system and individual components both before winter and again in the spring is best practice in order to ensure proper and efficient running of your system. You can find online tutorials for basic cleaning and inspection of your HVAC unit, but don’t hesitate to bring in a professional for servicing or air conditioner repair.

Home Insulation

Upgrade your insulation

Although your HVAC unit will be bearing the brunt of the heating work this winter, you can maximize your home’s energy efficiency and increase your comfort levels by making your home as well-insulated as possible. This applies to insulation found in your wall cavities and attic as well as the insulation that covers your pipes. Although quality insulation should last the lifetime of your home, you may need to add more or replace moldy portions from time to time. If your home is particularly drafty, you should also consider caulking and weatherstripping your windows to prevent leakage.

Fireplace Cleaning

 

Clean out your fireplace

If you are lucky enough to have a working fireplace in your home, now is the time to start thinking about getting it ready for the season. Before you start your first fire of the year, bring in a chimney sweep to clean it out and check for any issues and/or wildlife in your flue (this should be done every year). Test your carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they are placed near the fireplace and bring in plenty of firewood and kindling. After all is said and done, you can decorate your mantelpiece and enjoy a cozy night in front of the fire!

 DIY Jobs 

Complete any big DIY jobs

If you have any long term home improvement projects on the go, you might want to think about pausing or finishing them before winter hits. Projects that require lots of moving in and out of the house (such as kitchen or bathroom remodels and extensions) are best completed during warmer months—both for the sake of your home’s energy use and for your comfort and convenience. After all, any busy entertaining period will be much smoother with fewer disruptions. While you can continue to make small DIY projects happen over the winter months, you might also consider whether you want to paint rooms before the weather takes a turn. After all, painting requires substantial airing time, and windows and doors will need to be open for a day or two after they are completed.

 

After you’ve completed all of your winter home preparations, you can turn your focus to decorating your home for the holidays and getting ready for friends and family. While the atmosphere in your home may not always be calm and quiet, at least your house will be ready!

If you are thinking about selling or buying a home, now would be a great time to visit with a real estate professional, who is knowledgeable of the communities in and around the San Antonio area.  Call Jerry today at 210-789-4216, or visit my website at Homes For Sale in and Around San Antonio. 

 

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Comment balloon 13 commentsJerry Newman • December 09 2017 03:30PM

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Fantastic tips, Jerry, for winterizing a home. Fortunately, here in Charlotte we don't need to worry about quite that much snow.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 2 years ago

Lol. Nina Hollander , We don't get that much snow in San Antonio either, but Thursday night we got lots of snow like I haven't seen in years. Have a Blessed Weekend.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 2 years ago

Hi Jerry... oh yes, we've got some very cold and rainy weather in the Charlotte area since yesterday that came to us thanks to the front in Texas. Not too far from here they did see some snow yesterday.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 2 years ago

Hi Jerry, popping by to see what you're up to...

These are some great tips for getting homes ready for the winter blast of weather. We've got a long spell of clear and sunny weather - rather mild with temps around 45-50. No snow in sight. Darn it. I love snow.  :) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 2 years ago

Hi Nina. I was not expecting that recent cold front in Texas, but I see if move over to your area too. At least, we can say we had a "White Christmas" for one Day. Looks like it's going to be a colder winter than last year. 

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 2 years ago

Perfect post for this time of the year Jerry Newman  it is an early winter here in Philly

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 2 years ago

Thanks, Hannah Williams . I know you guys have much colder weather than we do in South Texas. Hoping these tips will help others get ready for the winter months ahead.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 2 years ago

Hi Jerry Newman - This is a great review of what needs to happen to winterize your home...especially if you live in a climate where you get lots of snow.  Our snow melts quick so it has never been an issue. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Yes, your area is just like South Texas when it comes to snow. It usually gone by the next day here, but I now other areas of the country where it stays last longer, and even stays colder. Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 2 years ago

Hi Jerry

This is great information for those living in areas where snow, especially heavy, can be an issue, as well as the cold. Seems like lots of areas are dealing with snow right, including San Antonio!

Enjoy what remains of your weekend!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 2 years ago

Yes, Jeff. I was surprised we got some snow in San Antonio recently, even though it only lasted overnight. But, I know other areas of the country will have heavy snow that last longer, and hopefully, these few tips will be beneficial to them.

Always great to hear from you. Have a Blessed Sunday!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 2 years ago

This is timely advice to share. We had snow on Saturday in Maryland...the earliest for the season in four years.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Good late morning, Jerry Newman This an excellent post for all parts of the country, especially up north.  Glad you had your one day of a White Christmas.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

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