Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: 6 Fall Maintenance Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter

6 Fall Maintenance Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter

6 Fall Maintenance Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Summer seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye this year. With the change of season comes time for maintenance to your home. Putting off maintenance items will often cause bigger problems to occur which in turn costs you more money. Use our tips as a guide to make sure your home is prepared for winter.


Fall Home Maintenance Tips


HVAC Service – contact your preferred HVAC technician to have your system inspected and serviced before the cold temperatures arrive. Systems tend to have problems and stop running in extreme temperatures. Don’t risk being without heat on a cold winter day.


Check Your Roof – have your roof inspected for missing or damaged shingles, clogged gutters, and loose gutters. If you have a ridge vent also have it inspected to make sure it doesn’t need to be secured or sealed to prevent water intrusion.


Clean The Gutters – when your roof is being inspected if the gutters are clogged have them cleaned. Clogged gutters can cause leaks in the roof, rotten fascia that leads to water intrusion or even a flood in the basement.


Winterize Exterior Faucets – this is a really important item that often gets overlooked. Before the first freeze, you want to turn off and drain all exterior faucets otherwise known as winterizing them. This will prevent any water from being trapped in the pipes, freezing, and then causing a pipe to burst.


Chimney Sweep – before you have your first fire of the season be sure to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. Knowing that your chimney is in good working order is a sound safety precaution to take. The peace of mind alone knowing that there’s no buildup and the structure is safe will be worth every penny.


Purchase Winter Weather Essentials – get your snow shovel, ice melt, candles, flashlights, gloves, and any other winter storm supplies you need to purchase long before there’s a storm predicted. You’ll not only pay less, but you also won’t risk the chance of the items being sold out. We all know that in Northern Virginia we can overact just a bit when the weatherman is predicting snow!


If you live in Northern Virginia and need a referral for a trusted professional to take care of any of the above maintenance items contact us. We'd be happy to give you some recommendations!





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Comment balloon 21 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • September 25 2018 06:47PM


Hello Amanda Davidson,  Good to get these out to your clients before the real winter hits.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 9 months ago

Good Afternoon Amanda S. Davidson 

Ugghh! It's that time of year again. This is a great reminder post for the seasonal honey-do-list

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) 9 months ago

Wonderful advice and all are very important especially the HVAC and Chimney Sweep. Hope you're gearing up for some cold winter weather it's just around the corner.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) 9 months ago

I love the infographic. Thank you for sharing. Have a good evening

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

Good evening Amanda S. Davidson,

You really have your bases covered in this post and I love the infographic..spells it out at a glance.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 9 months ago

We are getting ready for winter. Had our units serviced this week, preparing the plants for winter and caulked our windows and doors. The irrigation system will be winterized next month.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 9 months ago

Yes Amanda, it's that time of year that homeowners should prepare to check out all the Fall maintenance tips you suggest!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 9 months ago

Amanda, it is that time of year to start the winter maintenance items to be sure you are ready when the snow starts flying!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 9 months ago

Such great advice from an amazing agent in Alexandria, if everyone did this routinely, it would be a lot easier for them when it came time to put their home on the market.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 9 months ago

Great check list Amanda. Our chimney sweep was here a few weeks ago, and the HVAC folks come this week. We are working our way through your list. :)  

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 9 months ago

These are all great tips, Amanda.  Thankfully, those of us in South Florida can skip a few of these.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 9 months ago

Here comes a bookmark...our newsletter can use some of these tips..thank YOU !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 9 months ago

Hi Amanda -- your post is timely, even to those of us in the mild areas of California. While we don't turn off and drain exterior faucets, and don't need to purchase winter items for our homes (cars are another matter, especially when heading to the mountains,) the other tips all apply. 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 9 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson very valuable Fall maintenance tips to prepare a home for Winter.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 9 months ago

Thank you, everyone! I really can't believe it's time to prep for winter, time is flying by!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 9 months ago

Hello Amanda,  Our weather is changing fast.  Down to 36 on Friday night and 60 doing the day on Friday.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 9 months ago

Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson I'm so sad everytime I think of Summer being over..... now the leaves will be falling!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 9 months ago

Good morning Amanda - every single item is important.  I pay particular attention to pipe and faucets but all others are important too.  I learned long ago to have maintenance contracts with these items.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

These are timely reminders to share. We are replacing our cedar roof shingles with a new product.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

Hi Amanda

It's hard to believe it's that time of year again. These are great tips to share with homeowners!

Some of our preparations are a little different with not needing to worry about snow, but checking the roof before our rainy season and the HVAC area key. We DO need the furnace now and then. LOL.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 9 months ago

Oh, I'm not sure how I missed this but, great tips, Amanda! One thing that many people forget about is a chimney sweep - probably one of the most critical things you can do to prepare for a winter-hunker-down!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 months ago