A Winter Ready Home

Dear Julien, my husband and I finally took the plunge and bought our first home in Aurora this past summer. We are both not mechanically inclined whatsoever and do not know what to do to get our home ready for the winter, are there things we need to do? Can you provide some guidance?
-Sincerely, two left hands.

Good day two left hands. Congrats on the purchase of your new home! At Big Tuna Realty we are always excited when we assist first-time home buyers find their first home. In today’s market, it takes years of saving and, in many cases, family support to make that transition from tenant to home owner. Celebrating the purchase of that first home is always a thrill.

So yes, you are correct, there are some things you need to consider when getting your home ready for these cold months ahead. First off, you need to think about your outside water faucets. Failing to locate the shutoff valve in your home to the outside tap could potentially lead to a pipe burst when it gets cold out. This in turn will cause water to rush into your home and could be very costly to repair. Out of all the preparations you and your husband could do, this would be the most advisable.

There are things you can do to your landscaping now so that in the spring you have a thick green lawn. The fall and spring are some of the best times to seed, fertilize and aerate. This will help a patchy weedy lawn look its best come spring. Also, some plants like tulips need to be planted now so they will bloom in the spring.

Lastly, make sure to store or cover your outdoor furniture, hoses and any other tools with rubberized parts. The cold and snow can cause rubber and some fabrics to deteriorate and even crack. Additionally, have a look at the location of your air conditioner. Is it well protected? Does it appear that a lot of snow could build up on the unit? If so, you may want to invest in an inexpensive winter cover that could help protect the lifespan of the unit.

Mr. and Mrs. Left hands, you’ve got this! You will get the hang of home ownership and preparing your home for winter will seem like second nature in no time. If you are still in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out. Have fun, stay warm and enjoy this upcoming winter season!