As the leaves start to change and the coastal air becomes more crisp, October marks the beginning of the transition from autumn to winter. For homeowners at the North Oregon Coast, it's the perfect time to prepare your property for the colder months ahead.
At Totem Properties, we understand the importance of home maintenance in preserving your investment, and we're here to guide you through essential October tasks to ensure your home remains cozy, dry, and in excellent condition throughout the winter.
1. Fireplace Inspection and Cleaning
The heart of many homes during the winter season, the fireplace deserves some attention. Take a few moments to check for any signs of damage or wear. Cracks or loose bricks can pose a fire hazard, so addressing these issues promptly is crucial. If you haven't done so this year, consider scheduling a professional chimney inspection and cleaning. This ensures your fireplace is not only safe but also ready to provide warmth and comfort on chilly nights.
2. Protect Outdoor Faucets
With dropping temperatures, it's essential to prevent frozen pipes and potential costly repairs. Turn off the water supply to your outdoor faucets. After shutting off the water, don't forget to drain and store your hoses for the winter. Proper hose storage extends their lifespan and prevents damage.
3. Winterize Your Air Conditioning
Your air conditioning system has worked tirelessly throughout the summer. Now, it's time to protect it from leaves, debris, and the possibility of snow. Cover the outdoor unit with a specialized cover or tarp. This simple step can prolong the life of your AC system and ensure it functions optimally when summer returns.
4. Tidy Up Your Yard
Autumn brings falling leaves and the need for some garden maintenance. Rake up those fallen leaves to prevent them from piling up on your lawn. Additionally, consider cutting back dormant plants and bushes. This not only keeps your garden looking tidy but also promotes healthy growth in the spring.
These October home maintenance tips are your proactive steps to a worry-free winter. By following them, you'll help ensure the longevity of your home's essential systems.
If you have any questions or need further advice on maintaining your North Oregon Coast property, remember that Totem Properties is here for you. We're your trusted advisors in Oregon coast real estate, and we're always ready to assist you.
All my best,
Owner & Principal Broker