Monday, January 16, 2012

Maintaining Your Home During the Winter

Moving on Monday

When your house is on the market, you must keep it looking its best. You never know when a realtor will call to show your home to 'the' buyer. You've de-cluttered and cleaned, and spruced it up and made repairs. But keeping it neat and tidy is always a challenge. Especially during the winter.

You know the basics of maintaining your home inside--picking up clothes, putting away mail, etc. But when it's cold outside, there are other issues to keep in mind. Here are some things you should/should not do during the winter months if your house is for sale.

• Keep decorations to a minimum during the holidays.
• Disconnect all hoses and turn off outdoor water supply.
• Keep driveways shoveled.
• Keep walkways to the front door clear and free of ice.
• Watch for ice build-up in gutters.
• Place a mat outside your front door for wiping feet, and another inside your front door for shoes.
• Provide shoe covers for visitors or ask that they remove wet/snowy shoes before viewing.
• Make sure your chimneys are clean.
• Don't leave fires or candles burning when you are not in a room or not home.
• If your home is vacant, keep it warm enough so pipes don't freeze, and make it comfortable for viewing.

No comments: