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Fall & Winter Home Maintenance Checklist for Greater Victoria, November Edition

Fall& Winter Home Maintenance Checklist for Greater Victoria,

November  2011 EditionMount Baker Tells us Winter is Close

November 2011, and for parts of North America, snow, ice and all the other freezing reminders of winter time will have made a mark on the lifestyles of millions......

Not so much here in Greater Victoria, we have been lucky so far, a bit more rain, Life is Duckie, in Beacon Hill Park Victorialots of leaves flying around in the wind, and even a few nights with a bit of ground frost...... Life is is Pfanntastic in Victoria, but Snow and Ice are all around us, Just look at Mount Baker and the Olympics.....

It would be so easy to ignore those final "pre-winter preperations for home and garden" in our mild climate.

By allocating just a few hours each weekend or when the weather allows you, prepare for all the typical seanonal maintenance events, so that by the time the real nasty stuff shows up, you will be all done and enjoying the benefits of your efforts.

To keep ongoing Victoria home and property maintenance manageable Peter and Linda Pfann  have created a short list of suggestions for you as a quick and easy monthly reminder. You will find that completing these easy and simple tasks, will avoid getting "burned" with more extensive and expensive repairs in the long run.

Our Suggestions for November are both maintenance tips as well as getting ready for winter suggestions, questions and tips.

As you will notice, some items and suggestions are carried over from previous months, as you are getting ready for the Winter, we hope you will take the time to catch up on all the the items to ensure a smooth and trouble free holiday season for the family (and the home).

 Winter Maintenance tips for VictoriaOutside of the house, let's do a good walk around and review and make a few maintenance fixes for example:

  • Collect and Dispose of the last of the Leaves, they can become dangerous and clog up your drains and cause some serious trouble
  • How is the lighting around the house, yard, walks etc ? You may be leaving and returning home in the dark by now, better be safe than sorry.
  • All your Garden Furniture and equipment should now be stored and secured, be sure to close the valves on your BBQ.
  • For your garden's, are you ready for the winter, pruned, protected and cleaned.? Did You take down all the Hanging Baskets, and other hanging items that might get or cause damage in the winter weather?
  • When was the last time you had the septic emptied, the storm as well as the waste water drains cleaned?
  • As the rainy season is upon us, how is the roof, the gutters, downspouts, windows, the caulking, weather stripping?
  • How is the fence looking, the gates, the siding for the house, is/are the storage shed(s), garage(s) ready for the fall and winter season?
  • How about the Chimney.... ? When was the last time the chimney and for that matter the heating unit it self was "professionally serviced"
  • Have you Drained the Sprinkler system? and protect all outside bibs from freezing?
  • Removing screens from windows, will let more light in the house, and prevent damage, and while youare at it  Install the storm windows, or upgrade the existing windows in the house.

IN DOORS:

  • How is the oil/propane supply? if you are heating orWinter Maintenance tips for Victoria cooking with either, now is the time to make sure you have ample supply, and while you are at it, when was the last time the furnace was "professionally cleaned"? (there should be a sticker on the furnace with a date or series of dates). 
  • Do you have a gas, propane, wood or pellet heater or fireplace? When was the last time the heating unit it self was "professionally serviced" 
  • For Hot Water heating systems, now is the time to bleed the air out of the system (if any) and check if there is any obvious visual issues with the system (have a professional make repairs).
  • Clean all heaters, ducts, vents, make sure all dampers, and shut offs are working as intended. Clean all the Thermostats, and timers
  • Smoke Detectors - Clean and Check operation by pushing test button to cause it to emit sound - if it does not check the circuit breaker. Check and replace the battery when necessary. (Most detectors will emit an intermittent beep when the battery is failing).
  • Check CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors if installed.
  • Check the fire extinguishers for proper charge levels indicated on the gauge. Homeowners may contact their local Fire Department for recommendations on the appropriate number of extinguishers and the best locations to place them.
  • Test all GFCIs to ensure proper operation.
  • Clean in-sink garburator blades by grinding small ice cubes and sliced lemon, while running cold water down the drain (this will remove food debris which causes odors).
  • Clean or replace range hood filter and make sure it exhausts properly.
  • Check for signs of water leaks around toilets, under sinks and around dishwasher regularly.
  • Clean and freshen sink drains by flushing with warm water and baking soda.
  • Inspect and clean or replace furnace filters, humidifier plates or drums and electronic air filters. Clean with a calcium and rust remover or replace as required per the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Clean aerators on faucets regularly and check screens in washing machine supply hoses.
  • Check water filters and water softener appliances regularly. The life of the filters is dependent upon water usage and local water conditions.
  • Clean your dryer lint traps regularly, if your home has a booster fan installed be sure to check and clean the lint trap in that as well. Damaged or torn lint traps should be replaced.
  • Check the Temperature Pressure Release (TPR) valve on the water heater.
  • The hot water tank could also be drained every six months to prevent sediment build up. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation to turn off gas or power and protect against hot water burns. (mixed opinions exist on flushing water tanks)
  • Check the Garage door safety retreat mechanism, adjust or repair as needed.
  • Keep propane and other flammable products properly closed and secure, and in shaded areas and prevent overheating.

To complete this entire PfanntasticVictoria Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist for November will take  a few hours each day during a weekend.
If you do not want to climb on ladders or feel uncomfortable completing some or all of these tasks,  please talk to Peter and Linda Pfann, 
we have a number of resources that will ensure that you home and yourself are well cared for any time of the year.

With this Pfanntastic Victoria Home Maintenance Checklist for November, the work does not have to feel or be a chore, so we hope you have a little Pfunn with it, make it a family project and share the load.
Before you know it, you will be enjoying the fruits of your labour, and will have saved lots of money, time and frustration.


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Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490  

peterpfann@gmail.com  www.pfanntastic.com

Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2

 

Comments

I love your PFANNtastic lists, Peter and Linda.  In Texas, our BBQ's stay in use year 'round! Woooowieeeeee... we couldn't store our BBQ for any extended period of time without having to call professional help. That be's male therapy, sir!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago

HI Joni,

We have many people that use their BBQ year round as well, but for many it is that more indoor cooking season, thank you for the support, as always.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

You guys do the most awesome blog posts. Each one is like a mini web site...just amazing work...amazing quality. Did I already use the word amazing?

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 8 years ago

HI Steve and Jan,

We very much appreciate your feedback, I do have a bit of a problem trying to kee the posts nice and short, but in some cases it is just not realistic and still have some value.

thanks a lot for the support.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

Peter and Linda, what a Pfantastic post with an almost exhaustive list of things to do. Very amazing and I had to think, I may need to spend a few hours this Saturday working on some of the things on this list. Great job.

Cal

Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 8 years ago

Hi Cal,

Thank you for the compliments.

we try to make it as simple yet complete as possible, but with a little shared action, this winter preperation project should be done in very little done.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

LOL! I was just messin' with you Peter! We BBQ less in the winter, but some days are warm enough for shorts IN THE WINTER, here. So... time to BBQ! Our weather is all mixed up! :)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Joni,

All good, we often have to explain that we are not under 6 feet of snow for 6 months of the year, in fact that our climate if often better than place like San Fransico because we are so shielded by the Olympics mountain ridge in  Washinton State,

we have some run arond in shorts all year long but that has nothing to do with the weather ...;0)

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

This is a very comprehensive list Peter and Linda. These are the things that home owners should be doing to protect their investments when the weather starts getting a little colder. What a great blog post, extremely useful.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Hi Peter and Linda,

Your lists are PFANNtastic and so complete..looks like it would take a few days to work through all the necessary items! Hope you have a PFANNtastic Thanksgiving:).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

HI Malcolm,

Thank you, yes using the home maintenance is a great way to keep the home and property functioning at peak performance and lower the overal repair and upkeep cost and emergencies.

HI Dorie,

You are right, it woud take a bit of effort and time, but all (at least most) the activities can be done by most people themselves, unlike the major and much more complex repairs caused by neglecting these tips for any lenght of time.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

This is ONE BIG TIME THOROUGH list!!  I am glad I live in a warmer climate!  We just have to clean the leaves and do a few minor things like disconnect the hoses from the hosebibs on extra chilly nights!  Hope all is well!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 8 years ago

Hi Renee,

Thanks for rubbing it in.....;) vegas is a great area to live and retire, but, it is not Victoria, with all its charm, history and personality and basically 3 seasons....

Spring, Summer and an extended Fall......We are counting the days till we have blossoms in the trees again (the end of January...

Hope you are having a Pfanntastic Thanksgiving Holiday...

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

Wow great to do list.  I am worn out just reading it.  I am off to finish raking the leaves.  I have already filled the propane tank.

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) over 8 years ago

Hi Karen,

Often it is all about keeping a head of these items, and some of the items on the list are just quick and easy check ups.

it will save thousands of dollars in the long run.

 

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

Nice list and now I've got to compare to my handyman home maintenance checklists which I do quarterly (seasonal). I'm curious as to how you're splitting things up into monty-by-month so I'll be checking your other lists too.

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) over 8 years ago

 

Hi Tina,

We use a monthly list because we know that some people  read and or follw a monthly schedule, and will cross off the items they already completed.

But if people do use a quarterly schedule, obviously a number of these items would be just showing up once rather than monthly...

thank you for your thoughts and feedback.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

This is normally the weekend I clean out the gutters - while I am putting up the Christmas lights.  However, I got the flu this weekend and will probably not get to it.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

HI Gene,

Good for you, it is a good idea to get healthy, we suggest Oil of Oregano for anything like a cold or flu, a couple of times a day with juice, yogurt or water (it is very strong) hop you get better soon.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

Thank you for the well thought out list.  As a condo dweller in the city, not all of the tasks are necessary in our own home, but they're helpful to keep in mind when dealing with clients that have single and/or multifamily properties as well.  Hopefully we'll be lucky enough to need to deal with the outdoor maintenance if we can get a vacation home in the next couple of years!

Posted by Kate Akerly, Manhattan Beach Residential Sales (Kaminsky Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Peter & Linda,  Great post.  Thankful we don't need most of it here in Ocala.  Stay warm!

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 8 years ago

Great list, this is very handy! It reminded me I need to drain and check my hot water heater again. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) over 8 years ago

Hi Sylvie,

yes there is alwasy somethig to do around the house this time of the year, never mind the holidays.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

This is a great list, but few apply here in S. Florida. We seem to have year round maintenance issues, some not mentioned in your list.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Very good reminders.  Thanks!

Posted by Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos (Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois) over 8 years ago

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