Getting Your House Ready for Fall & Winter

As the seasons shift, there's a comforting crispness in the air. A morning with temperatures in the low 60s like this morning, here at Lake Lanier, in Gainesville GA will make you yearn for fall. With this change, our homes also need a bit of prep to ensure they stand strong and cozy during the colder months. Here's a checklist to help you transition your home from the sweltering summer to the cooler fall and the frosty winter.

1. Chimney Inspection and Cleaning

  • Why? Over time, chimneys can accumulate creosote, a flammable byproduct of burning wood. If it's not cleaned, this could lead to chimney fires. Even if you use gas logs, an inspection is crucial to ensure there are no leaks.

  • Tip: Schedule your chimney cleaning early in the season, before the professionals get too booked up.

2. Gutter and Roof Maintenance

  • Why? Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and damage your home's foundation or roof. Winter ice dams can exacerbate this problem.

  • Tip: While cleaning, also inspect for any damage or loose shingles.

3. Tree Trimming

  • Why? Trees with limbs too close to your house can be dangerous, especially in high winds, snow, or ice.

  • Tip: Ensure no branches are within 8-10 feet of your roofline. This also helps in reducing the chances of pests like squirrels or raccoons getting onto your roof.

4. Perimeter Check

  • Why? Dead trees or large dead branches can become projectiles in storms or heavy winds, posing a threat to your home and safety.

  • Tip: If you're unsure about a tree's health, consult with an arborist.

5. House Washing

  • Why? Algae, mold, and mildew can grow on your home's exterior, especially in shady spots. This not only affects the appearance but can also damage the surface over time.

  • Tip: Depending on your house's material, you can opt for pressure washing or soft washing. Always use the recommended pressure settings for your house's exterior to avoid damage.

6. Window Cleaning

  • Why? Clean windows improve the aesthetics of your home and also let in more natural light, making your living spaces feel brighter and warmer.

  • Tip: Use a squeegee for a streak-free shine. Don't forget to also check the seals and caulk around windows for any wear or damage.

7. Dryer Vent Cleaning

  • Why? Lint can accumulate in the dryer vent over time, which can become a fire hazard and also reduce the efficiency of your dryer.

  • Tip: Even if the dryer seems to be working fine, make this an annual maintenance task. Clean vents can also reduce energy costs and extend the life of your dryer.


Regular seasonal maintenance not only ensures the safety and efficiency of your home but can also prevent more costly repairs in the future. So, as you feel the first chills of fall, start ticking items off this checklist and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a well-prepared home.

Keeping your home in tip top shape not only makes you love it more, it would make it sell more quickly, should you decide to make a move.  Contact me for a consultation if you're considering a move. I can help with suggestions on what makes it show best.

Experience counts.  Put it to work for you.  Selling Northeast Georgia Since 1988


Kim Waters



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