Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Get Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter Weather

Get Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter Weather

Though It's Still Hot, Cold Weather is Coming


Fall treesWhen you own a home in Clarksville, October is the best time to get a jump on fall/winter maintenance items. It has been hot this week and can lull us to believe that cold weather is far off. Weather is unpredictable and it can turn cold in a flash. I expect a cooler trend to set in within the  week to ten days. 

To extend the systems in your home and to protect your home against the elements of winter, there are actions to take now. Do them now while the days are warm and the sun is shining. Cold winds will make the tasks less enjoyable.

Fall/Winter Maintenance for your Clarksville Home


  1. Check the caulking around windows and doors to make sure there are no gaps that will let air and drafts into your home. Drafts cause you to lose heat and increase energy costs.
  2. Leaves can clog up gutters fast. A stopped up gutter will cause problems with rain run off and water standing around the house.
  3. Check your downspouts to be assured that water is carried away from the house and not under the house.
  4. Disconnect all garden hoses. Older outside hydrants are not frost proof and will freeze if water is trapped in the lines.
  5. Foundation vents and crawl space doors need to be closed during cold weather periods to keep it warmer under the house and to keep small animals from gettting trapped and causing damage.
  6. Winterize irrigation and sprinkler systems by blowing out the lines.
  7. Winterize the swimming pool and store pool furniture for the winter to protect it and cause it to last longer.
  8. Fall fertilization of your lawn and plants will help them get a good start in the spring.


  1. Service your HVAC system. Change filters and if you haven't had your ductwork cleaned in several years, it may be time.
  2. Change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors even if you don't think they need it.
  3. Clean the fireplace chimney and have the chimney inspected for safety.
  4. Check around doors and windows for gaps in caulking and weatherstripping..
  5. If you burn wood, it's time to chop so wood can cure. if you are not a chopper, order your firewood for delivery in the next few weeks.
  6. If you use propane gas for heat or your fireplace, now is the time to fill your tank before the prices go up in winter.
  7. Clean your carpets in preparation for holiday gatherings and being closed up for the winter. This may keep you healthier.
  8. Replenish flashlight batteries. Make sure that auxiliary heat sources are working and ready. If you have a generator, check to see it is working and ready if an emergency arises.

For those of you considering of buying a new home in Clarksville, fall is a good time to take advantage of the affordable interest rates and good selection of homes. Buy now and you can get settled before the holidays and cold weather arrives.

When you are ready to buy or sell in Clarksville, contact The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.

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Clarksville, TN 37040

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Comment balloon 11 commentsDebbie Reynolds • September 23 2018 01:09AM


Good morning Debbie. Great tips. Happy I no longer have to worry about it! Enjoy your day.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

Good morning, Debbie Reynolds I need to jump on this stuff that's remaining..... my list isn't too long... I've already started....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

Good morning,  Debbie --- routine maintenance is a smart idea regardless of where one lives.  Good thoughts.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 2 months ago

Good morning Debbie.  Even though we don't really have a winter down here, there are many of your items that should be done by our local homeowners as well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 2 months ago

I am behind on my prep for the winter as it has been raining for the last week

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 2 months ago

These are great tips. The east coast has been having very warm weather so our a/cs are still in the windows, but we do have to get a jump on these "to-dos".

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 2 months ago

Great tips for those in your area, I know that it gets colder there than I would ever want to experience.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 2 months ago

HI Debbie Reynolds - That is a great check list to make sure you follow depending on your area. Because of the chilly temps, my husband also puts most of the Xmas lights up prior to the cold weather setting in.  We don't turn them on but at least they are up and ready to go. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 2 months ago


What a great list of tips for taking care of one's home in the winter.  Taking care is the take away regardless of where one lives.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 2 months ago

This is timely information to share with home owners.

We have some work to do at our house, including a new roof.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Hi Debbie - I am glad that I have completed most of these.  I also had to do some power washing to get rid of all of the green from the heavy rains this summer.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 2 months ago