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Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare for the Winter



The leaves have fallen from the trees, it’s darker earlier, and our winter coats have a permanent home by the door. While it may not officially be here, it certainly feels like winter!

To help you prepare for cooler weather, I’ve put together this list of five helpful home maintenance tips. Completing these simple tasks will help ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the cold that’s sure to come in the next few months!

Schedule Your HVAC Check-Up
Nothing is worse than discovering your furnace is out-of-order on that first chilly night. Turn it on now to make sure it’s working and consider having it professionally cleaned. You’ll also want to change any air filters in your home and prepare your humidifier for winter’s dry air.

Need an HVAC professional? I might know just the person, let’s connect!

Prepare Your Pipes
Exposed pipes can be a nightmare come winter time. Nobody wants to lose water due to a burst pipe. To avoid this, wrap all exposed pipes in foam insulation. You’ll also want to shut off the outside water supply from inside your home and drain all the water from outdoor spigots.

Need a professional Plumber? I might know just the person, let’s connect!

Clean Your Fireplace
Make sure your fireplace is ready for use by scheduling a professional cleaning. Birds’ nests and debris can accumulate in your chimney over the spring and summer, causing either a clog or a fire hazard. A clean flue will help you stay safe and warm this winter.

Need a chimney or fireplace professional? I might know just the person, let’s connect!

Clear Your Gutters
After autumn leaves have fallen, you might find a fair amount of debris lodged in your gutters, so make sure to give them a good clean now. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams and prevent melting snow from draining, which, in turn, can damage your roof and siding.

Need a gutter cleaning team? I might know just the person, let’s connect!

Keep an Eye on Your Trees
Do you have beautiful trees surrounding your house? Be careful — these could cause problems in ice and snowstorms. Branches can get weighed down and snap, damaging your home. When you have a winter storm, help out your trees by knocking off excess snow and relieving some of the weight. A roof rake is a great tool to get those hard-to-reach branches.

Need an Arborist? I might know just the person, let’s connect!

By spending a fall weekend (or two) now, you can prepare your home for winter weather and keep it running in good condition all season long.

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any real estate and home-related questions! Connect with Cristina Dougherty & Associates by clicking: OnlineFacebookTwitter, calling: (703) 969-0471, and emailing: [email protected]

Cristina Dougherty & Associates is a full-service Northern Virginia real estate team with more than 15-years of experience, specializing in both buyer and seller transactions. Totally dedicated to their craft, the team of three agents and one executive assistant make clients their number one priority, striving to exceed expectations on every sale.

Cristina Dougherty & Associates stays at the forefront of marketing and technological innovation in the real estate industry, always on top of new opportunities to help clients get their homes bought and sold. Proving their reputation of excellence, Christina Dougherty & Associates has been featured in Washingtonian Magazine's Top Agents issue four years in a row! In addition to being top-notch agents, they are also a lot of fun to work with!

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