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Home Maintenance for Winter

by Desi Sowers

Home maintenance may be the last thing on your mind now that the holidays are over and the days are becoming colder and colder.  Sitting in your home wrapped in your favorite blanket by the fire is likely what you are thinking about this winter.  There is some home maintenance items   you should take care of during the winter months however so that you don’t have to deal with issues caused by not doing so later.  Below is a list of a few home maintenance items you need to go ahead and take care of around your house this winter.   

1.      As temperatures continue to plummet this winter you should do your best to protect your pipes from freezing.  You can wrap your pipes with many different things to protect them from the elements such as heat tape and insulated pipe covers.  If your pipes do freeze you can easily thaw them out by wrapping it in a heating pad or using a hairdryer.  

2.     Another home maintenance  item you need to take care of this winter to avoid issues later in the year is to do an inspection of your roof, your gutters and your siding as well as your chimney.  Make sure that everything is in good working order before the winter pushes your house to its breaking point.   

3.     Winter is a good time to do some cleaning that you might not otherwise think about as well such as cleaning out your range hood, refrigerator coils, dusting off ceiling fans, and dusting off light fixtures and bulbs.  These items typically get overlooked when it is warm outside because you don’t spend as much time indoors when it’s nice out.  Being stuck inside on a cold wintery day is a great excuse or reason to clean these types of things.   

4.     Lastly you might want to take the time you have in your home this winter to de-clutter your house.  Getting rid of clutter will not only get rid of fire hazards but will also make you feel more at peace when you do have to spend a lot of time indoors.   

These are a few home maintenance ideas that will help you to keep your house in good working order for the year to come.   Why not get started now so that you can then have some time to rest before you have to do it all over again.   

Every fall, the New River Valley rolls out a foliage carpet dressed in blazing oranges and reds, yellows and purples. Mid October is prime leaf-peeping time however colors can be brilliant two weeks before and after peak and even different from one mountain to another. Leaf peepers can drive the winding country roads, hike lush mountain paths and stroll town greens to soak in the electrifying display of color. If you’re planning a trip to the New River Valley region, here are the most vibrant scenes to see fall foliage.

Pandapas Pond











Take a break and stroll around the 8 acre pond located just outside the town of Blacksburg.  The pond is surrounded by a forest of hardwoods and rhododendron making it the perfect place to watch the leaves change color. Visitors will enjoy strolling the one-mile wheelchair accessible trail that encircles the pond.

Cascades National  Recreation Trail



















Take a hike out to the 66-foot waterfall within Jefferson National Forest.  The highly scenic, 4-mile round-trip trail meanders along a shaded mountain creek giving you great views of the changing leaves.  Pack lunch and enjoy picnicking at the beginning of the trail.  

Claytor Lake












The ideal spot for enjoying the changing left colors is beside the 4,500 acre lake.  Wonder around hiking trails, spend the weekend camping or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake.  Stop by the historic Howe House to see the interactive exhibits describing the ecology of the lake and the surrounding areas. Guests can also rent bikes and enjoy a universally accessible fishing pier, picnic shelters, a seasonal snack bar and playgrounds. There are also two gift shops.

Mountain Lake











This beautiful resort welcomes day visitors to come and enjoy the changing season.   The resort offers guided hikes of the 22 miles of Mountain Lake Trails lead by a naturalist, a treetop adventure course, mountain bike rentals, geocaching and frisbee disc golf.  If you would like to enjoy the beautiful scenery longer you can book a room at the lodge or in one of the rustic cabins.  

Huckleberry Trail












You can spend endless hours taking in the wonderful colors of fall on the Huckleberry Trail. There are plenty of benches along the trail to stop and enjoy the surroundings, and free parking is available at both ends of the trail and at Warm Hearth Park.

New River Trail State Park












New River Trail is a 57-mile linear park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The park parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles and passes through four counties and the city of Galax. The trail's gentle slope makes it great for visitors of all ages to hike, bike and ride horseback.

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. If you are thinking about buying or selling New River Valley Real Estate Give me a call or send me an email. 


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