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Winter is fast approaching! Is your home ready?

By Brian Frey

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist  

With winter and snowfall just around the corner we would like to supply you with helpful tips to increase the longevity of your home and maximize resale potential.

  • Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and leaves.
  • Verify downspouts are connected and redirecting water at least 3-4 ft away from the house. This is a serious issue and it’s an inexpensive easy fix. If your basement walls are deteriorating or the basement has a musty smell it is likely gutters and downspouts are part of the problem.
  • Many homes have vents in the windows or vent slits and can be opened or closed to allow airflow. Before winter comes check to make sure that your vents are shut and not letting in cold air.
  • Replace furnace filters to allow maximum air quality and extend the life of the furnace. Consider a programmable or wifi thermostat to regulate heat and keep down costs.
  • Reverse the switch on ceiling fans to blow warm air down. This is most helpful in houses with high ceilings as warm air rises.
  • Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles and replace/repair where needed.
  • Insure exterior faucets are turned off, hoses are disconnected and if you do not have a frost-proof faucet turn off shut off valves from inside the house.
  • If you have a sump-pump, verify it is working properly. Consider a battery backup for it in case of a power outage you’ll want to make sure the pump is running. Snow melt can cause serious basement floods.
  • If you actively use your fireplace in the winter make sure to have it looked at by a chimney sweep and cleaned if necessary. Creosote can build up over time and lead to a house fire. At the very least buy and use a chimney cleaning log.
  • Stock up on salt / ice melt and verify the snow blower is working properly.
  • Michigan State University recommends mowing your leaves instead of ranking them, they decompose and help nourish the lawn and work as a natural fertilizer.

When done regularly and properly you can reduce possible headaches and extend the life of your home all while reducing energy bills. If you are unsure or concerned with something in your home, consult a professional.  If we missed something, please let us know in the comments below and stay warm this winter!

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If you are looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, contact Brian Frey at Keller Williams Port Huron Business Center or If you are interested in finding out what your home may be worth, Brian can offer a free Competitive Market Analysis.

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Brian Frey is a licensed Realtor at Keller Williams Port Huron Business Center and a local Real Estate investor. He is a member of Eastern Thumb Association Realtors, Blue Water Chamber, Young Professionals, Port Huron Area Landlord Association, and Blue Water Start Ups. He and his wife Katie Kuhn enjoy the Blue Water life that Port Huron has to offer.

Brian Frey REALTOR
Keller Williams Port Huron Business Center
3750 Pine Grove, Fort Gratiot 48059
Cell: 810-662-1888

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