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Winter is Right Around the Corner – Tips for Preparing Your Home

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is officially here. Before colder weather arrives, there are a few things you should do to prepare your home for the upcoming season. Taking these steps now can help ensure you’ll go through fall (and winter) without any problems.

Shut off outside water faucets. Close valves inside the house, then turn on the outside spigot to drain any remaining water from the line. Keep in mind some newer homes have a pin at the shut-off valve that must be opened to let air in the line, which helps keep pipes from freezing.

Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves, branches and other debris. Clogged gutters can cause water and ice to collect under your shingles, potentially damaging your roof. Clean any outside drains of leaves to prevent back-ups into your basement.

Change your furnace filter (or clean it, if washable) at least every two months. A clean filter helps keep utility bills low, limits dust and improves the efficiency of the furnace. Clear the area around your furnace, so air can better circulate and avoid a fire hazard.

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month and replace old batteries promptly. Each floor of your home should have detectors. Properties with gas heat or a wood-burning fireplace should also have a carbon monoxide detector.

Have your chimney professionally cleaned once a year, if you use it frequently. Dispose of ashes in a metal bucket, since warm ashes have the potential to start a fire.

If you need help with any home maintenance projects this season, I’m happy to help. I can connect you with licensed and insured home maintenance providers through our Home Service Connections network and share other tips to keep your home running in good condition.

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Allison Stine

Allison Stine is a highly accomplished real estate professional and the team leader of the Allison Stine Team at Northrop Realty. With an impressive track record spanning nearly two decades, Allison has been a dedicated member of the industry since 2004, bringing her expertise and passion to every client interaction. As the President of the Sussex County Association of Realtors, Allison holds a prominent role in the local real estate community, actively shaping the industry's standards and best practices. Her exceptional leadership and commitment to excellence were recognized when she was honored with the prestigious Realtor of the Year award again in 2024. With a focus on delivering exceptional results, Allison and her team have established themselves as the top producing real estate team in Delaware within Northrop Realty. Their commitment to client satisfaction, paired with their deep understanding of the local market, ensures that each client receives personalized and comprehensive service throughout the buying or selling process. Beyond her professional achievements, Allison is an avid collector of muscle cars, indulging her passion for speed and precision at the drag strip. She resides in the beautiful coastal town of Rehoboth Beach, DE, with her partner Pete. Operating out of two convenient locations in Bethany Beach, DE, and Newark, DE, Allison's real estate team provides exceptional service to clients across Delaware, as well as selected areas of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned investor, or looking to sell your property, Allison Stine and her team possess the expertise, dedication, and local market knowledge to help you achieve your real estate goals.

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