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9 Easy Ways To Winterize Your Home

9 Ways To Winterize Your Home

 

The bone chilling cold and abundant snow are coming, so now is the perfect time to get ready.

Here are 9 easy things you can do to winterize your home.

  1. Clean Gutters
  2. Service HVAC System – You don’t want to find out the heat doesn’t work when you really need it – and getting an appointment then will be tough.
  3. Reverse Ceiling Fans – Set the fan to go clockwise so the hot air gets pushed down —especially helpful for 2 story rooms.
  4. Roof Tune Up
  5. Drain Sprinkler Systems
  6. Clean Chimney – Making sure it’s in good working order will prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. A Damper stop clamp will prevent flue from closing while gas logs are still on.
  7. Restock Supplies – Buy salt, shovels, and get make sure ice scrapers are in your cars.
  8. Store Outdoor Gear – Bring in cushions and furniture. Consider installing above garage storage to add more room.
  9. Winter Survival Kit – Create one for home and car, flashlight, blankets, water, food, candles.

There are a lot more things you can do, but this will give you a head start on old man winter.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. They specialize in luxury homes, relocation, and move-up buyers.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or 216-403-9189 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schumans service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Aurora, Bainbridge, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Woodmere. We would be happy to refer you to a qualified agent if you are buying in an area that we do not service.

9 Easy Ways To Winterize Your Home is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent.©October, 2015

Home Selling Tips – Little Things Mean A Lot

When we consult our home sellers, we tell them that they don’t have to spend a lot of money to get big results. It’s the little things that count, and many are very inexpensive.

Buyers respond to certain things in their subconscious mind that makes a home attractive to them.  If you want your home to sell, it must say things to a buyer that make them excited enough to want to purchase it.   And what do we want the house to say?  “I’m the one!”  “I’m updated and well cared for.”  “You can move right in and not have to spend any more money!”

LITTLE CHANGES BIG IMPACT

light switch covers - cheap tip

Let’s look at something minor like light switch covers.  While certainly not a focal point of a home, if they are cracked, crooked or dirty, a buyer will be turned off. At less than $1 a piece it’s as cheap a quick fix as you are going to get, and the impact is huge.

A home with new covers will be viewed as cleaner, crisper, and believe it or not – more updated!  Just be sure to match the cover to the color of the actual switch.  For some homes, you may want to spend just a few more dollars and change out the whole switch just to make sure they both match.

On that same note, here are a few other tips to help give the impression of an updated and well maintained home:

  • Replace your old thermostat with a digital, programmable one.  This not only makes your home more energy efficient, but gives the impression of updated systems.
  • Replace vent covers that aren’t at their best.  Subtle signs of neglect  leave a bad impression in a buyer’s mind.Home Staging
  • Put away room fans or space heaters for showings – they only send a message that your HVAC system and/or insulation is ineffective.
  • Replace your front door handle and/or lock.  The front door impression sets the tone for the whole showing.  A door that is difficult to unlock or open and a peeling, old handle do not bode well for what’s to follow.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced if you don’t already do it annually.  The fresh service sticker tells buyers that you take care of your home.  At a minimum, change the filters.  Dirty filters = neglect.
  • I’ve said it before – but wash your windows inside and out.  It makes everything in your home look better!

You don’t necessarily have to put a lot of money into your home to make it look its best.  Focusing on the little things will help get your home sold, and for more money.

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by Amy Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  Amy is a real estate agent and an Accredited Staging Professional.  She can be reached at 216-403-9189 or via email,  amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Home Selling Tips – Little Things Mean A Lot is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©May,2011

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Tips For Preparing Your Home For Winter In Cleveland OH

Even though it’s a balmy 67 degrees here in Cleveland today, winter will soon be approaching. Now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the cold, wind, and snow that is sure to come. Here are a few things that we recommend all Cleveland area home owners do before winter hits:    

                

1.     Have your furnace serviced – Making sure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible to handle the upcoming cold winter months is critical.

2.     Have gutters cleaned – Leaves will easily clog gutters if not cleaned. This is especially important during winter months when we get a lot of precipitation.

3.     Blow out sprinkler system – A service call should be made to make sure your system is blown out before winter.  Pipes are at risk when the weather gets cold and damages can be costly if you are not proactive here.

4.     Clear leaves from yard – Leaves are not good for your lawn and should be removed before winter hits. Otherwise, you could damage your lawn and attract unwanted insects. Applying fertilizer during late fall may not be a bad idea either. 

5.     Service garage doors – This is often overlooked, but in order to properly maintain and increase the lifespan of your doors, have it serviced at least once a year. We personally have had success with Action Door  and the service call is very reasonable in terms of price.

Hopefully you will take the steps to properly service your home and be able to avoid costly repairs that may result from not doing them.

 

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna.  They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Tips For Preparing Your Home For Winter In Cleveland OH  is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©October,2010